It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours but it now looks as though 22-year-old midfielder Max Meyer is all set to sign for Crystal Palace after his former club’s Sporting Director, Christian Heidel gave an interview to the German branch of Sky Sports News.
Sportvorstand Christian Heidel spricht wohl ein letztes Mal über die Personalie Max Meyer, der nun seinen Weg in der Premier League fortsetzen will. pic.twitter.com/pMTLecMKol
— Sky Sport News HD (@SkySportNewsHD) July 31, 2018
Despite spending his entire professional career to date on the Bundesliga outfit’s books, Meyer had a major falling out with them over the terms of a new deal last season and was subsequently banished from training with the first-team in April. Known to have outrageous talent, he had initially been linked with moves to the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal, only to find that they weren’t too keen to satisfy his wage demands either.
How then have Palace managed to tempt him into a move to SE25? Well, the departures of Yohan Cabaye and Bakary Sako, also on free transfers following the expiration of their contracts, have freed up a significant portion of the wage bill, making space for Meyer’s seemingly lofty demands to be accommodated. Where the German differs from the aforementioned duo is in his potential re-sale value, with a solid season or two in red and blue likely turning him into a £30-40 million asset rather than dead money hanging around our necks.
No one who has seen him regularly can deny that Meyer is one hell of a player when on form, with his own sky-high belief in himself having proven to be the main problem in the past. Schalke may have decided to cut their ties with him this summer but as you can see from the interview attached above, Christian Heidel himself has no doubts about Max’s ability to flourish in the rough and tumble environment of the Premier League.
Hopefully we’re not forced to wait too long for an official announcement to made; I feel like a kid on Christmas morning.