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Schalke confirm Max Meyer departure; Barcelona and Atletico Madrid interested

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are thought to be two clubs keeping tabs on German national Max Meyer’s availability following news that he will be free to leave in the summer.

Schalke 04 CEO, Christian Heidel, confirmed to reporters on Thursday that the 22-year-old will leave Gelsenkirchen at the end of the season.

Meyer, who has been capped four times by current world champions Germany, has long been in discussions with the club he joined as a youth in 2009, as he looks to extend his stay at the Arena AufSchalke.

However, talks have finally come to a halt and the midfielder joins fellow countryman Leon Goretzka, as well as defenders Sead Kolasinac and Joel Matip to leave the club over the past couple of years.

Barca and Atleti want Meyer

German outlet Sport Bild reported back in February that Barcelona were showing an interest in the player, with Sports Illustrated stating that news of Meyer’s reluctance to sign an extension had caught the attention of second placed Atletico.

Barca and Atleti will be facing tough competition from other European clubs for Meyer’s signature, with English Premiership teams Arsenal and Liverpool also thought to show an interest in the player. The Gunners’ head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat was spotted at a Schalke home game earlier this month.

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