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Liverpool handed boost as Barcelona end interest in target

Max Meyer

Liverpool have been handed a boost by the news that Barcelona have apparently ended their interest in Schalke’s Max Meyer.

The 22-year-old’s contract is up in the summer and Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp is believed to be making fresh attempts to sign him after originally trying to sign him back in 2016. The manager’s interest has remained and with Meyer having rejected new contract offers from Schalke, a switch to England on a free this summer is a possibility.

It was mooted last week that Barcelona were cooling on Meyer and further reports today back up those claims which leaves Liverpool and rivals Arsenal, along with a couple of other European clubs, to battle it out for his signature.

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Speaking last month, Schalke sporting executive Christian Heidel confirmed that a 2nd contract offer had been turned down by the player.

He said: “Max Meyer’s agents, on January 12th, received an offer limited until February 15th, and on February 15th informed us via email that Max has turned down the offer because of the time limit.

“We duly noted it and for now are not bound by it. This does not mean that he will not prolong his contract.”

He added: “If Max Meyer approaches us and says he wants to continue playing for Schalke, that’s wonderful. But we can’t and won’t wait for much longer.”

It is understood that Schalke’s last offer was worth approximately £95,000-a-week, a figure that Liverpool can easily match and improve.

Capped a handful of times by Germany, Meyer can play as an attacking midfielder but he is also comfortable playing in a holding position.