£12m Chelsea & Arsenal target to snub interest

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Chelsea and Arsenal starlet target Max Meyer is set to snub interested Premier League parties and remain at Schalke.

The 18-year-old midfielder was heavily linked with a move to England at the end of 2013, with separate reports claiming the Blues were preparing a £12million offer and the Gunners were monitoring his progress.

Meyer admits that he’s aware of the growing interest in his services, with Die Welt claiming he said ‘he has no reason to leave the club because he is feeling very well’.

Günther Netzer also wants the teenager to stay at Schalke, with the former West Germany star and current respected pundit believing it will benefit all parties if he stays with the club.

"If Mr Netzer says that (I should stay), then it must probably be so,” Meyer told the newspaper.

His rise to prominence has been impressive at the Veltins-Arena this season, becoming a regular and featuring 26 times in all competitions thus far.

It was teammate Julian Draxler who found himself heavily linked with an exit last month though, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger pursuing the 10-cap German international.

A move failed to materialise however, and the Gunners added Kim Kallstrom at the Emirates Stadium on the final day of the transfer window.

Meyer would be one for the future if Arsenal could add the youngster to their ranks, but competition is sure to be fierce for the signature.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho courted the player in November, but at the time did not make a bid for the player.

"There has been no official offer from Chelsea. But I have heard about their interest," Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt told Kicker magazine at the time.

Whether 'the Special One' wants to pursue the player further in 2014 remains to be seen, but it's clear that bringing the Meyer to Stamford Bridge will be anything but easy.

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