Germany U21 starlet scouted by Manchester United, Arsenal

Date published: Friday 21st September 2018 9:39 - Matthew Briggs

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Manchester United and Arsenal are both chasing Hertha Berlin starlet Arne Maier, according to a report in Germany.

The Germany under-21 international midfielder has impressed for Berlin in the four games he has started this season and the 19-year-old is regarded as one of the country’s most talented youngsters.

German outlet Sport1 claim that United and Arsenal both sent scouts to watch him in the recent DFB Pokal game against Eintracht Braunschweig. Maier played 90 minutes in central midfield in the 2-1 win, although he has been employed as a defensive midfielder in the four Bundesliga starts he has made this term.

Per the source, Barcelona are also believed to have “expressed an interest” in Maier, whose current contract runs until 2022 in the German capital.

Maier, who has played for Germany U16s right through to U21s, is highly thought of at Berlin and the Bundesliga club managed to secure the teenager to a new deal back in February.

He made his debut for Hertha in May 2017 on the final day of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season and has since been promoted to the first team squad, making 25 appearances to date.

 

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