German club FC Schalke 04 has invited written offers from Manchester United for their goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who has already attracted interests from United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Clemens Tonnies, the Schalke chief, recently said, “I have been informed by an international consultant that United are interested in signing Manuel. Provided they submit a written offer, we will deal with the matter and give them permission to speak to him.”
Manchester United has been in the lookout for a quality replacement for their 40-year-old current custodian Edwin Van der Sar who has already confirmed that he would hang up his boots at the end of the current season.
That is why, Ferguson signed Anders Lindegaard, a talented but somewhat a low-profile goalkeeper from Denmark, in January this year. However, it is understandable that United boss would still like to get a more capable keeper like Neuer who is currently Germany’s number one choice in goal and excelled during 2010 World Cup. So, it is expected that Manchester United would very soon come up with a written offer.
Neuer’s current contract with the German outfit ends in 18 months. So, naturally the club wants to make some money through the transfer of the 24-year-old keeper, other than letting him go for nothing.