By Will Butcher
Schalke Sporting Director Christian Heidel has played down reports linking Premier League big-boys Liverpool with a move for Max Meyer.
German publication Bild had previously reported that manager Jurgen Klopp was considering a £28million move for the German attacking midfielder, as he continues to strengthen his squad for the new season.
Talking to Sky Sports in Germany, via Bild, Heidel dismissed the Liverpool link as the German giants look to keep their star man.
“Meyer is a really good player but a move to Liverpool is nonsense,” Heidel said. “I’ve known Mr Klopp for a while now and I have spoken with him recently.
“I think he would have mentioned the player by name if interest had been there. Apart from this, Max is not on our sales list.”
The 20-year-old has two years remaining on his Veltins Arena deal, and the playmaker starred in the Bundesliga last season as the Royal Blues finished in fifth position, qualifying for the Europa League.
Meyer has been with Schalke since 2009 as a youngster and has made over 100 appearances for the first team, scoring 19 goals and adding 18 assists in all competitions.
He has earned one senior debut for Germany so far, against Poland in a friendly in 2014.
Schalke’s number seven would be competing with similar styled players such as Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana if he moves to Anfield.
Anfield fans are obviously excited that Klopp could be making another multi-million pound signing after Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum joined for around £60million combined.
One ‘fan’ has even gone as far as changing the player’s Wikipedia page, which now states that he is a Liverpool player.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe wants to turn Jordan Ibe into an England international.