The closer we get to the transfer window and the more likely Max Meyer looks like he is going to be leaving Schalke 04 this summer.
The 21-year-old has, for the past few years, been hyped a lot as the second coming of whoever is in fashion at the time, but is yet to deliver consistently for the German side.
So much so, in fact, that he’s only started 18 games in the league this year, leaving strong links to Tottenham last summer in doubt of being repeated.
After all, he seemed like an ideal Mauricio Pochettino player on paper back then: young, technical and with a lot of room to improved.
However, the dynamic at Spurs has changed over the past year or so, and with a trophy well within Tottenham’s reach these days, quality will be wanted in the summer window rather than potential.
This means a big conundrum is presenting itself for the Argentinean manager, because if there ever was a time to bring Meyer in on the cheap, it’s this summer.
Bild in Germany report that, with a contract running out in 2018, both player and club ‘favour a transfer’ this summer, and Schalke would welcome whatever money they can get for the player they have formed over the past eight years.
Back in April, reports stated the €45m asking price last summer had dropped to €20m (or less), which makes him a very attractive prospect for a lot of clubs.
However, despite scoring two goals and picking up five assists in 39 appearances this year, there is a lot of room for improvement for someone who could be viewed as Christian Eriksen’s replacement for Spurs down the line.
He looks very likely to leave, but whether Tottenham will now take the risk is a whole different matter altogether.