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The man at the top for the Royal Blues has hit back at criticism from Kaiserslautern and Hannover, stressing that he will not pay top-dollar for a new goalkeeper this summer

Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies has stated that the club will not pay over the odds as they seek a replacement goalkeeper to step into the shoes of Manuel Neuer, who is on the verge of completing a move to Bayern Munich.

A whole host of names have been thrown into the mix such as Kaiserslautern 'keeper Kevin Trapp, Freiburg's Oliver Baumann and Hannover's Ron-Robert Zieler, among others, but despite the fact that Schalke will receive a sizeable transfer free for Neuer, Tonnies does not want to see the club be exploited.

"We will not be milked. Even though we will have a few million from the sale of Neuer, we will not just throw the money immediately out the window. We will not allow ourselves to be ripped off," he told Bild.

Kaiserslautern's 20-year-old shot-stopper Trapp is expected to cost the Champions League semi-finalists €9 million while Zieler, who is 22, would set Schalke back €10m.

Hannover president Martin Kind spoke of an approach for Zieler, and stated that he is determined to keep hold of the former Manchester United reserve, unless a significant offer were to arrive.

He commented to Bild: "We will only start to talk about a double-digit transfer fee. Of course it is an unrealistic sum of money but then it is supposed to discourage others."

Should Trapp or Zieler prove beyond Schalke's reach, they could swoop for their former goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann, who at 22 is another relatively inexperienced man between the sticks. He is available on a free transfer, having been released by relegated Eintracht Frankfurt.

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