Despite reports that Manchester United were front runners for Manuel Neuer’s signature, the star goalkeeper has reportedly agreed to a deal with Bayern Munich worth €25 million.
German magazine Kicker is claiming that the Schalke star, who has been closely connected with Manchester United, has finally agreed to a deal which will keep him in native Germany.
Sir Alex Ferguson will no doubt be disappointed, after Neuer’s performance was described by the manager as “one of the best performances I've seen against Manchester United.”
Bayern looked to be out of the race for Neuer’s signature, with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitting an agreement with the star would be difficult.
"I don't really think we are going to find a quick agreement [for Neuer],” Rummenigge said.
“And I am also not convinced that Bayern and Schalke will find a price which suits them both.
"We will have to wait and see - the transfer window is still open for four more months."
But now, Bayern have reportedly found the extra money they require for Neuer, and while Manchester United can offer Champions League qualification and a side that will push for trophies, the German reportedly prefers the option of staying in his home country and chasing the Bundesliga title.