Manchester United and Arsenal have been joined by Juventus in the increasingly desperate race to sign Hertha Berlin teenage midfielder Arne Maier, according to Sport Bild.
The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the most promising teenagers in the Bundesliga and has been called the new Toni Kroos in the German media. The German U-21 international earlier made history by becoming the youngest player to feature for Hertha at the end of the 2016/17 campaign aged just 17.
The defensive midfielder also has started the new season strongly and has played 90 minutes in all four of their top-flight matches this campaign where he has helped them to have a strong start. He also owns the highest pass completion of any Hertha midfielder to have started a game this season at 82.8 per cent while he’s one of three players averaging a team-high of one completed dribble per game.
Maier also recently made his debut for Germany U21s and came off the bench in this month’s clashes against Mexico and Ireland.
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His consistent strong display in top-flight now has caught serious attraction and he has reportedly been monitored heavily by the three above mentioned side.
Juventus already have a bunch of midfielders in their disposal but reportedly they are already looking for future prospects and have marked the midfielder as their next season’s target.
On the other hand, both United and Arsenal have made a recent investment in the core of their midfield by capturing Nemanja Matic and Fred in last two years while the Gunners added Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira this Summer. But with Maier gaining a lot of praise around the globe, both the sides are apparently ready to invest on the player in the coming window to strengthen the core of the team.
Besides, with Maier’s current contract at Hertha reported having a mere £10m buy-out clause if Europe’s top clubs come calling, this has instigated both the clubs who are now said to be intensively scouting the teenager.
Maier during his younger days played more of an advanced role, mainly as a number 8 but in the senior side he has been deployed as a number 6 and given the maturity of passing and inbuilt sense of vision and execution he is showing at an early age, certainly the young lad has the potential to make it big.
Moreover, if he continues to keep up his good form it’s just a matter of time before more clubs come calling for him though for this season he is likely to stick to Hertha Berlin.