Manchester City are poised to offer Bayern Munich a staggering £40million for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, according to The Daily Express.

Joe Hart's position at the Sky Blues is looking more and more likely to slip away from him, with City being linked with a number of stoppers from around the world, the latest of which is German giant Neuer.

Reports from The Express say that City owners would have to part with a minimum of £40million to secure the 6ft 4in Bayern Munich star, and will offer the 'keeper a £105,000-a-week contract, which would make him the highest-paid stopper in world football.

It is likely City will make their move in the next 12 months as the 27-year-old judges where the future of his career lies.

Neuer has helped Bayern secure the top place of the German Bundesliga table with an unbeaten record, currently residing four points above nearest rivals Bayer Leverkusen, with Borussia Dortmund sitting third with 10 less points than last year's Champions League winners, as well as helping Germany reach the World Cup finals in Brazil next year.

The goalkeeper has nine clean sheets in 15 games for Bayern in the League this year, letting in just seven goals - treating Bayern to a healthy goal difference of +32.

Manchester City haven't been struggling defensively, although this is mainly down to their terrific form up front, as they have suffered poor away defeats in the Premier League this season and have their strike force to thank for their terrific goal difference and league position.

If City are looking for a world-class keeper to consistently perform between the sticks, then Neuer will be the best man for the job.

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