Bayern Munich plan to open talks to sign Schalke’s Manuel Neuer and say they do not expect to pay an ‘astronomical price’ for the highly-rated keeper.
The Germany international has been linked with a move to the Allianz Arena and he recently confirmed that he would not be extending his Schalke contract, which expires next year.
Neuer demonstrated once again why he is in demand with a stunning performance in Schalke’s 2-0 Champions League semi-final home defeat to Manchester United on Tuesday.
Bayern president, Uli Hoeness, does not expect to have to offer a high fee due to the player’s contract situation.
“We have up until now not had any negotiations,” Hoeness told Munich’s TZ. “That will now be addressed.
“We want Manuel, and where there’s a will there’s a way.
“But Schalke cannot now demand an astronomical price.”
But Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt said of Neuer after the defeat to United: “His value on the transfer market is already very high, I don’t know if it can still go up.
“But watching this match, I said to myself, ‘Why sell such a player?’.”