Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has reportedly been offered a wage of €7 million per year to stay with the Bundesliga outfit, as competition for the star’s signature increases.
Manchester United have been connected with the goalie on numerous occasions, with Van der Saar retiring at the end of this season.
But Goal.com is reporting that Schalke are so desperate to keep the German international that they are willing to pay top dollar to secure a signature.
Neuer is reportedly not currently planning on moving to Manchester United, with the 25 year old keen to stay in Germany. But while Schalke are doing well in their Champions League birth, they currently sit mid table in the Bundesliga and look unlikely to qualify for the competition next season.
In an interesting twist of events, Manchester United face Schalke in the Champions League semi final over two legs in April and May. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will no doubt be keeping a close eye on Neuer, with his younger age being a plus for United as they look to lower their average age.
But Schalke are keen to keep the star goalkeeper, with supervisory board chief Clemens Tonnies telling Bild: "Manuel Neuer is the face of Schalke. We will do everything we can to keep him."
Manchester United are also reportedly facing competition from Bayern Munich, as well as Arsenal for the German’s services.
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