Barcelona have reportedly ended their pursuit of Schalke star Max Meyer in order to turn their attention to signing Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and Gremio's highly-rated Arthur Melo. 

22-year-old Meyer sees his contract with the Bundesliga outfit expire in the summer, enabling him to negotiate a move elsewhere for the start of next season - a situation which first attracted Barcelona's interest. 


The playmaker had been carefully watched by the Spanish giants after their international adviser attended Schalke's 1-1 league draw with Bayer Leverkusen in October, where Leon Gotetzka, Julian Brandt and Benjamin Henrichs were also of interest.

However, after missing out on signing Goretzka - who agreed to join Bayern Munich - and successfully securing Philippe Coutinho in January, Mundo Deportivo claim Ernesto Valverde now wants to add a different type of player to his ranks in the summer.  

His attention has turned to Griezmann and Arthur. With Barcelona considering activating the former's £88m release clause to add to their already potent attack. The French forward has long been linked with a move away from Atletico and could be tempted to switch allegiances in the summer. 

Meanwhile, Goal have reported that Gremio officials are already locked in negotiations with Barcelona over a deal for Arthur. However, club president Romildo Bolzan insisted that any such agreement would only see the 21-year-old make the move to Camp Nou in 2019. 

The news of Barcelona dropping their interest in Meyer will come as a boost to Arsenal as the Gunners have recently been linked with a move for the 22-year-old, and could be tempted to snap the young star up on a free deal in the summer. 

However, it will not be a straightforward deal for Arsenal as Schalke remain hopeful of extending his stay at the club, whilst Bayern Munich and Juventus are also said to be monitoring the situation.