Bundesliga giants insist €18m deal will be completed and that they will have the Germany international custodian in their squad for the start of the 2011-12 season
Reports in the German media strongly suggest that an agreement between the two clubs have been reached, with Bayern to pay Schalke €18 million as transfer fee for Neuer, whose contract with the Royal Blues ends at the end of next season.
Nonetheless, Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes that they will have Neuer in their team for next season and told Bild: "I am convinced Schalke will keep to the agreement we made with a handshake.
“I know the representatives of Schalke as men of honour and reputable operators, as we are too."
However, Schalke board member Peter Peters gave a different version of the deal and explained: "At the end of our conversation [Bayern managing director] Karl Hopfner stood up and we shook hands to seal the switch. But then our managing director Horst Heldt said: ‘No, we cannot do that yet!’”
He added: "We had a really good conversation with the Bavarians and have also reached an economic agreement. But we have not yet decided to accept the offer.”
Neuer rejected a contract extension from Schalke earlier this season but recently said that he is in the dark over his future.