Bayern in no rush for Neuer deal
Bayern Munich say they wait until Manuel Neuer becomes a free agent in 2012 if Schalke do not drop their asking price for the keeper
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me on Twitter @skysportspeteo
Last Updated: 05/05/11 6:57pm
Bayern Munich say they wait until Manuel Neuer becomes a free agent in 2012 if Schalke do not drop their asking price for the keeper.
Neuer recently announced he will not be extending his contract in Gelsenkirchen beyond next year and Bayern have already declared their interest in the Germany international.
Manchester United have also been linked with the Germany international following his stunning displays against United in the Champions League semi-finals.
However, Bayern are favourites to land Neuer with the player thought to be keen to stay in Germany.
Schalke are reported to have put a €25million price tag on the coveted goalkeeper and Bayern's director of sport Christian Nerlinger insists they will not pay over the odds for Neuer with the player becoming a free agent next year.
"Every player has his price, but Bayern have always been renowned for not letting ourselves be put under any pressure," Nerlinger told the Tz newspaper.
"A healthy economic attitude is part of our concept, and that is not going to change with the transfer of Manuel Neuer."
The Bavarians have just extended the contract of their current number one Hans-Jorg Butt by a year and Nerlinger has enough faith in him remaining in goal next season, should the Neuer deal not go through.
"We have a stable solution, with or without Manuel Neuer," added Nerlinger.
"We would have no qualms at all about going into the season with Jorg Butt as our number one."
Schalke director of sport Horst Heldt does not want the issue to drag on until the end of the transfer window fearing it could impact on the club next season if the situation is not resolved.
"We want this issue off the table by the start of our pre-season training," Heldt told Kicker magazine.
"We are certainly not going to be dealing with it until August 31. Everybody involved needs to know what their plans are and we want a clear resolution.
"That means that as soon as a decision has been taken, it will be stuck to."