Fri06222018

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Today Live:

Bayern Munich increase offer for Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer

The Bavarians' first offer for Neuer, who was Germany's goalkeeper at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, was a long way short of what Schalke are wanting for the 25-year-old, making Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge sceptical about a deal being reached.

However, Bayern are now believed to have offered around £18.3 million for Neuer, who becomes a free agent next year. Last month's original offer was thought to be around £15.7million.

Rummenigge and Bayern managing director Karl Hopfner recently met with Schalke directors Horst Heldt and Peter Peters and Rummenigge admitted to Bild newspaper: ''We had a decent conversation.''

The Bayern chairman confirmed the club would definitely be signing a new goalkeeper, with Mainz's Heinz Müller another reported target should they fail with a bid to land Neuer.

Manchester United have been keepong a close eye on the young goalkeeper as they widen their search for a successor to Edwin van der Sar, who is retiring at the end of the season.

Neuer was credited by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as producing “probably the finest display of goalkeeping against us in my time at Manchester United”, during the 2-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg victory against Schalke in the Veltins Arena on April.

He now looks likely to play his final Bundesliga game for Schalke at the weekend when his side travel to FC Cologne.