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At the back end of last month, reports surfaced suggesting Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are all interested in Schalke midfielder Max Meyer.

The Germany international could have left the Bundesliga last season but his club wanted €45 million for Meyer, meaning Spurs would have had to break their record transfer outlay to sign him.

German publication Bild is now reporting the 21-year-old could be available for €20 million or less this summer due to contract talks being put on hold.

Schalke general manager Christian Heidel confirmed to Bild that Meyer is not currently negotiating a new contract with the club. He said: “At the moment it makes no sense to think about it. Max has to convince the coach that he belongs to the first eleven.”

Meyer assisted two goals in Schalke’s 4-1 win over Wolfsburg last weekend, so if he is dropped it clearly won’t be for tactical reasons. I’d expect Spurs’ interest to intensify if Meyer’s relationship with the his current employers worsens.

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