Manchester United Close In On Perfect £10m Van der Sar Replacement

Sir Alex may well have just found an ideal replacement for Old Trafford veteran.

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Sports - October 24, 2007

A report in the Daily Mirror this morning confirms that Manchester United are still tracking Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer .

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson sent goalkeeping coach Eric Steele to scout Neuer last week in the DFB Pokal match against Bayern Munich.

Schalke were defeated by Manchester United ’s upcoming Champions League opponents 1-0 thanks to an extra-time goal from Arjen Robben .

The German Bundesliga side are cash strapped and will reportedly sell Neuer for 10 million pounds. He is contracted to Schalke until the end of season 2011/2012.

Manchester United have been linked with a host of goalkeepers to replace 39-year-old number one Edwin van der Sar. (IMScouting)

A myriad of keepers have been linked with a move to Old Trafford over the past 18 months and a great many have seemed totally unsuitable for the position with just a couple of exceptions appearing like worthy successors to veteran Manchester United keeper Edwin Van der Sar.

One such player is 23 year old German international Manuel Neuer. The Schalke keeper has been in sparkling form this season helping his side to the top of the Bundesliga and within sight of their first domestic title in over 50 years and one big reason for this upturn in form has been the consistency shown by Neuer who has helped the club to a remarkable defensive record that has seen them concede just 22 goals in 28 matches this term.

Neuer is one of a handful of young up and coming talented goalies Germany have produced in recent years and along with Rene Adler and Tim Weise, the towering Schalke keeper should be on the plane to South Africa this summer where no doubt his asking price could well increase.

Sir Alex Ferguson will be frantically searching for a good replacement for his Dutch master, especially given the rather limited abilities shown by his other custodians Tomasz Kuszczak and Ben Foster. The £10m asking price seems pretty fair given that in goalkeeping terms he is still very young and has already shown his potential.

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