Liverpool have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Schalke midfielder Max Meyer.
The German has attracted interest from Liverpool and Arsenal with his contract expiring this summer.
Talks over a new deal have stalled and now Schalke have confirmed they are preparing for him to depart.
Schalke’s Sporting Director Christian Heidel told reporters on Meyer’s future: “At the moment we can and must expect that Max leaves the club in the summer. Everything suggests that.
“At the moment there is no offer from us and no wish from Max to have a conversation again.”
Meyer has refused to enter into discussions regarding fresh terms throughout the final 12 months of his current deal.
That has been a source of frustration for Schalke, with club president Clemens Tonnies recently revealing that the midfielder’s representatives cancelled the latest meeting to have been scheduled.
He said: “I had an appointment with Max and his advisor, which was cancelled by his agent on short notice.”
With there seemingly no deal to be done, Meyer will be able to leave as a free agent in the summer.