22 Jul 2016

'German Messi' to Anfield? Liverpool ready to pay €33m for 'outstanding' attacker. Contact made already

Last summer, the Liverpool Echo claimed that Liverpool wanted Schalke rising star Max Meyer, and it appears that the Reds are still tracking the exciting attacker, who is dubiously dubbed the 'German Messi'.

According to Sportbild today:

* Jurgen Klopp is considering a move for Meyer, who he has allegedly 'admired' since his time in the Bundesliga.

* Klopp has made contact with Schalke to enquire about a possible summer transfer, and Liverpool are reportedly willing to pay €33m [£28m] to seal the deal

Meyer - described by ex-Schalke boss Roberto Di Matteo as an 'outstanding' player - definitely wants a move to the Premier League, and he confirmed this in June, when he told reporters:

"If I leave for another league, I'd like to move to England"'

Some info about Meyer:

* Central attacking midfielder, who can also play on the left or right.

* Schalke: 19 goals/18 assists (37) in 125 games (G/A every 206 mins)

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "Exceptional control and dribbling. Excellent balance. Uses his creativity to carve out chances on a regular basis".

* Scouting Report (Weaknesses): "A liability when it comes to defending. Completed less than a tackle per game in the Bundesliga".

€33m for a comparatively inexperienced 20-year old is a ridiculously inflated fee, but Liverpool as the overpriced deals for Mane and Wijnaldum prove (yet again), Liverpool are financial mugs in the transfer market, so it'll be no surprise if the Reds pay through the nose for Meyer.

Additionally, Meyer usually plays as a central attacking midfielder (80% of games for Schalke), and Liverpool are already oversubscribed in that position. As such, it makes little sense to spend €33m on yet another number-10, especially in a season with a drastically reduced fixture list.


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