Bayern Munich have announced they will let go of young goalkeeper Thomas Kraft, as the race heats up for star stopper Manuel Neuer’s signature.
"Thomas Kraft's understandable goal is to be the number one," sporting director Christian Nerlinger told Bayern Munich's official website.
"That is something we cannot guarantee him."
Kraft was caught in the crossfire over Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal, after the stopper replaced 36 year old Jorg Butt in the starting line up earlier this year. Van Gaal was eventually let go over the selection mistake, with past and present players saying they no longer had faith in their defensive line up.
Bayern Munich have made their intentions to sign Neuer very clear, despite Manchester United continually showing interest in the star stopper.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hardly had to leave his coaching post to scout Neuer, with the Schalke keeper facing United in the Champions League quarter final.
“He was fantastic,” Ferguson said of Neuer’s performance against the Red Devils.
“It was one of the best performances I've seen against Manchester United.”
Bayern Munich will no doubt be looking even closer at Neuer, who is a tender age at 25 compared with current number one keeper Butt, who is 36. Should the two be signed to the German giants, they will have an unstoppable force in front of the net and will cause havoc with United's plans to replace retiring Edwin Van der Sar with the stopper.
But Manchester United are still favourites to land Neuer, with the Daily Mirror quoting a £22 million price tag over the German’s head, and United the more likely side to pay a high price for the stopper’s services.