Germany's international goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has become a prime target for English Premier League club Manchester United as replacement for retiring Dutch goalkeeping legend Edwin van der Sar as has been disclosed by FC Schalke 04 chairman Clemens Tonnies.
Tonnies told German tabloid Bild: "An international agent approached me and informed me that Manchester United are interested in Neuer. If Manchester United make a written inquiry then we will deal with it."
Over the last few weeks Schalke coach Felix Magath had said over and over again that Neuer would not be for sale and that the club would try to extend his contract, but he has now been contradicted by his own chairman.
But Manchester United are not the only club interested in Neuer. German Bundesliga giants FC Bayern Munich have also shown interest with coach Louis van Gaal saying he'd like to have a keeper of the class of Neuer in his squad, while Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer has termed Neuer 'the best keeper in the world at the moment'.
In the summer the 24 year old Neuer will complete 20 years at Schalke, his home town of Gelsenkirchen club. If Schalke want to cash in on him then they would have to sell him this summer with his contract ending in 2012. And maybe Schalke would like to cash in on Neuer, but not strengthen league rivals Bayern Munich so selling him to Manchester United would make more sense to them.