Schalke make last-ditch effort to keep Manuel Neuer - report

There may yet be another twist in this transfer saga with the Royal Blues reportedly ready to use the funds from their new sponsorship deal to try and keep their prized asset
Schalke have offered goalkeeper Manuel Neuer a new contract in an effort to prevent the 25-year-old from leaving the club this summer for Bayern Munich, according to Bild.

The development comes after it appeared that the move was days away from being officially announced. The report claims that Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies has offered Neuer a four-year deal, which would see the German national-team goalkeeper earn €7 million a season.

Tonnies and Neuer held talks in the aftermath of Schalke's celebrations after the Royal Blues disposed of Duisburg in the final of the DFB-Pokal, however, the Bayern target remained tight-lipped about the conversation.

"I would not like to say anything about the talks I held with Tonnies," Neuer told Bild.

Despite having debts reputed to be over €200m, Schalke extended their sponsorship deal with Russian gas company Gazprom until 2017 last week, which is worth a total of €80m to the club. Gazprom owner Vladimir Putin reportedly wants Neuer to remain at the Veltins Arena beyond this season.

Neuer insisted recently that he was in the dark over the most recent developments between Schalke and Bayern, but Tonnies and sporting director Horst Heldt indicated that an end to the long-running transfer saga was near, and that Bayern had put their final offer on the table.

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