Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is a target for Manchester United, according to the Bundesliga club.
The 24-year-old has held onto Germany’s number one jersey despite his club’s indifferent season, with Schalke Chairman Clemens Tonnies claiming United have lodged an interest in bringing Neuer to the club to replace the retiring Edwin van der Sar.
While English Premier League rivals Arsenal, Serie A heavyweights Inter Milan and reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are also thought to be in the running for the shot-stopper’s signature, it appears United have stolen a march in the race to land Neuer.
“An international consultant has approached me and informed me that Manchester United are interested in Neuer,” Tonnies told German newspaper Bild.
“If Manchester United present us with a written request, then we will deal with it.”
Van der Sar is just months from retirement and Tomasz Kuszczak is reportedly out of favour at Old Trafford, leaving 26-year-old Denmark international Anders Lindegaard as the only goalkeeper certain to be at the club next season.