Man United target Manuel Neuer ‘agrees’ to join Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich president claims they have agreed a deal with Schalke to sign goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
Bayern Munich have agreed a deal to sign Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, according to the Bundesliga side’s president.
Neuer, 24, was linked with a move to Manchester United following a superb display for Schalke against Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in the first leg of the pair’s Champions League semi-final.
But Bayern president Uli Hoeness says a deal has now been struck between the two German clubs, with the 22-time Bundesliga champions reportedly agreeing to pay €15m (£13m) for Neuer’s services.
“Our board have reached an agreement with Schalke in negotiations and it is just a psychological question of whether they want to announce it before the cup final or afterwards,” said Hoeness.
The Germany goalkeeper had already confirmed that he would not be extending his contract with Schalke beyond 2012.
Sir Alex Ferguson is on the lookout for a permanent replacement for 40-year-old Edwin van der Sar, who is hanging up his boots this summer.
And speculation linking Neuer with a move to Old Trafford was rife after the United boss hailed the stopper’s display in the wake of their Champions League clash with the German club.
“Manuel Neuer was incredible,” said Ferguson after their 2-0 win in Gelsenkirchen. “In my time at United it is probably the finest display of goalkeeping against us. I’m sure there have been others but tonight we have seen a very good one.”
But Neuer insisted that he was not tempted by a move to the Premier League. “Manchester United was never an option for me,” he said.