Liverpool battle PL duo for £17m youngster as value drops 50%+ in less than year

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Liverpool have reportedly joined the race to sign Schalke starlet Max Meyer, but will face stiff competition from Tottenham and Everton for his signature.

Despite only contributing two goals and four assists in 32 appearances in all competitions so far this season, the 21-year-old has been tipped to enjoy a bright future.

It appears as though that future involves a move to the Premier League, with The Mirror reporting that the three clubs are all interested in prising him away from the Bundesliga outfit this summer.

Perhaps the biggest reason for a move to happen at this particular stage is that Meyer has just over 12 months remaining on his current contract with Schalke, and it’s claimed it’s ’50-50′ as to whether he stays or goes this summer.

Further, it’s added by the Mirror that reports in Germany claim that he’ll be available for £17m at the end of the season. That’s a significant decrease from his reported valuation of £45m last year, when Tottenham are said to have made an approach.

However, it remains to be seen whether or not Mauricio Pochettino is still keen on the Germany international, as ultimately it could lead to a problematic situation with a clash over roles with Dele Alli given both players prefer the same position on the field.

As a result, the report goes on to add that Spurs could focus their attention on Everton ace Ross Barkley, which in turn leaves the Toffees with a hole to fill with Meyer, while Liverpool believe that they could even drive down his price-tag further and sign him for around £14m.

At this stage, much of this is guesswork on the part of the clubs involved. What is clear is that Meyer is approaching the end of his current deal and is attracting interest from top clubs in England. Now the decision must be made as to whether he renews or opts for a new challenge as Schalke will undoubtedly want an answer one way or another this summer.

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