After plenty of speculation, the much sought after Max Meyer has signed a three year deal with the Eagles and becomes the third addition to the squad ahead of the new season.
The former Schalke 04 midfielder follows hot on the heels of Cheikhou Kouyote in signing on the dotted line and will take the number seven shirt vacated by popular Frenchman Yohan Cabaye.
Palace are rightly pleased with the capture of the German international who was being chased by a number of top clubs across Europe but the 22 year old was clearly impressed with the set up in South London.
Born Maximilian in Oberhausen, Germany, he spent his youth career with a number of different clubs until arriving at Schalke in 2009. After making his first team debut in 2013, Meyer went on to make almost 150 appearances in almost five years but his contract demands as his deal ran down at the end of last season priced him out of extending his stay.
Schalke’s sporting director Christian Heidel described Meyer as ‘a very good Bundesliga player, one with great potential but one that can still improve’.
The German clubs loss is clearly Palace’s gain as several top clubs such as Marseille, Arsenal and Liverpool all stalled on making a move for the midfielder who scored 17 times while with Schalke.
The new arrival is versatile as he can play in a number of different midfield positions and the statistics are impress. Out of all the players in the Bundesliga to attempt 1,000 passes last season, only three bettered Meyer, and all three were from champions Bayern Munich. He was second in winning the ball in final third, and in a season when the Royal Blues finished runners-up to Bayern, his move to a deeper midfield role worked wonders.
There is genuine excitment at this signing after saying goodbye to Cabaye this summer. Standing at 5 foot 8 inches tall, Meyer has appeared for his country at a number of youth levels as well as the German Olympic team in 2016. He made his full international debut against Poland in 2014.
Welcome to Palace Max!