Meyer Move At Risk?
Arsenal have told the former Schalke 04 midfielder Max Meyer to lower his wage demands if he wants to secure a move to the Emirates.
Meyer, 22, is technically a free agent after his contract with the Bundesliga side expired at the end of last month. But he has yet to find another club with reports claiming his personal terms are more than Arsenal are willing to meet.
According to Transfermarketweb, Arsenal have been told by Meyer’s representatives that he is looking for a deal worth £4million a year – around £80,000 a week. Liverpool are also reported to be in talks with the Germany international.
Arsenal were first linked with Meyer in the early part of this year after it became clear would not be signing a new deal with Schalke. He had talks with Serie A giants AC Milan but their financial situation has led to them selling players before they can buy. Schalke’s Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich have been linked as have Barcelona who were looking at Meyer earlier this year as the possible replacement for Andres Iniesta.
But Meyer remains without a club at a time when he should be preparing for the new season. Arsenal have already made five new signings so far this summer. Coach Unai Emery and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat are open to more new faces, but Meyer could find himself off the Arsenal radar if he doesn’t lower his demands.
Welbeck, Ospina At Risk
Arsenal could axe striker Danny Welbeck and goalkeeper David Ospina before the new season starts.
The Gunners have spent around £70million so far in this transfer window against what was perceived to be a budget of £50million.
The Daily Telegraph claims Welbeck and Ospina are most at risk in any cull. Welbeck has scored just 27 goals during his four years with the club and while he was part of England’s World Cup squad this summer he now faces a three-week summer break.
Welbeck is in the final year of his Arsenal contract.
Ospina faces an even more uncertain future following the arrival of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.
Colombia international Ospina looks set to drop down the pecking order with Leno and Petr Cech set to battle it out for the keeper’s jersey.