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£25 million United and Arsenal target drops quit hint

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Manchester United and Arsenal target Manuel Neuer has hinted he is ready to quit Schalke after Felix Magath insisted his goalkeeper will be going nowhere.

Magath claimed he hopes Neuer will see it his contract with the Bundesliga side, which runs out in 2012, angering the 24-year-old.

Manchester United have been long term admirers while Arsenal would love to bring the German No.1 to the Emirates Stadium but the pair will face competition from Bayern Munich.

The Red Devils are currently searching for a long term successor to Edwin van der Sar, who looks set to retire from football shortly, having turned 40 earlier this year.

Sir Alex Ferguson has already agreed to bring Anders Lindegaard to Old Trafford but

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has claimed he is not good enough.

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ongoing concerns over the reliability of his goalkeepers after a string of mistakes.

Manuel Almunia is reportedly on his way back to Spain while Lucasz Fabianski has made numerous high-profile errors recently.

Wojciech Szczesny was thrown into the deep end at Old Trafford last week and performed well but Wenger is not sure over keeping the 20-year-old becoming his new first choice.

However, with Schalke likely to demand £25 million for Neuer, Arsenal will be reluctant to take a gamble but Manchester United could afford him.

Responding to his manager’s comments, Neuer said: “I can't say the same thing. There are always two sides to a story like this.”

“There will be no Christmas present,” the 24-year-old warned fans. “I will not sit down under pressure.”

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