Arsenal scout Chelsea target Max Meyer

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Arsenal are keeping tabs on 18-year-old Schalke 04 midfielder Max Meyer, according to the Daily Mail.

The German youngster has burst on to the scene at the Veltins Arena this season having already scored four goals for Schalke this season.

Chelsea's interest in the attacking midfielder was confirmed by the Bundesliga outfit last week, with Jose Mourinho keen to bring Meyer to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues reportedly went as far as to make a £12m bid for the player, but that was denied by sporting director Horst Heldt. 

But Mayer's fine form has now attracted the interest of Arsenal, who are reportedly keeping an eye on the player.

Arsene Wenger has been been heavily involved in the recruitment of German players at the Emirates in the last few years.

Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker are all first team regulars for the Gunners while Serge Gnabry is coming through the ranks.

However, Arsenal and Chelsea both face a battle to convince Meyer to leave Schalke at the tender age of 18 after he recently confirmed that he intends to agree a new deal with the club.

He is quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying: "I’m glad that I’m so popular, but I feel very comfortable here.

"I hope to reach an agreement [regarding a new contract]."

It seems that Schalke is becoming a hotbed for German talent as Meyer's team mate Julian Draxler has also been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Chelsea.

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