Manchester United Ready to Fork Out £22m for Keeper Considered the ‘Next Schmeichel’

Old Trafford boss leading chase for German international keeper Manuel Neuer.

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Manchester United and Bayern Munich are locked in a £22million fight to sign Germany keeper Manuel Neuer.

The Schalke 04 shot-stopper tops Sir Alex Ferguson’s list of possible candidates to replace Edwin van der Sar, who retires at the end of the season.

A United scout saw Neuer, who will be 25 next month, produce an outstanding performance in a goalless draw at Dortmund.

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Manuel Neuer is considered by many to be one of the best young keepers in Europe and has been likened to a certain Peter Schmeichel and it seems highly likely the 24 year old will leave Schalke this summer after seeing his home town side go from being title contenders to mid table mediocrity in a very short space of time.

Neuer’s Gelsenkirchen side were within 90 minutes of clinching their first Bundesliga title in over 50 years last season before losing the battle valiantly to Bayern Munich. However this season things have gone progressively worse. Schalke are currently a massive 25 points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund and 11 points from a Champions League spot which has led many to believe that the German national team keeper is ready to make a move.

Some sources believe that the talented goalie is much more likely to wish to leave his native Germany all together than to leave the club he has represented since he was a small boy for their rivals from Bavaria, which gives Sir Alex Ferguson the upper hand in the chase for his services. Similarly Schalke are surely going to prefer offloading such a top notch player to a foreign club rather than giving a helping hand to a Bundesliga rival.

It will cost a big fee to land Neuer but the Manchester United boss is all to aware just how crucial having a top quality keeper in his armoury, not least because the club’s biggest successes under the Scot have coincided with great form shown by his two biggest successes between the sticks. Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar.

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