Bayern Munich should be ready to pay up to £44.5m for Manuel Neuer if necessary - Franz Beckenbauer

Honorary president tells club that splashing the cash on the highly rated German goalkeeper would be more than worth the while, with the 25-year-old destined for summer exit
Franz Beckenbauer has told Bayern Munich not to be afraid to splash the cash for Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Bayern's honorary president said the club should be prepared to spend up to £44.5 million for the 25-year-old.

Beckenbauer told Bild: "This is a goalkeeper who saves 20 unstoppable shots a year. You must do everything to get him immediately. I would approve of any sum if I was still chairman of the board. You should even pay €50m [£44.5m] for Neuer, if necessary."

Neuer's contract at Schalke runs until 2012, but he recently said it was his "aim to move within Germany," hinting he was eager to join the Munich-based club.

Schalke might prefer to sell him in the summer, knowing they could lose him on a free transfer next year, which have led to reports claiming the club are seemingly open to broker a deal.

However, director Horst Heldt said they were in no rush to conclude a deal with Bayern.

"It is not a given that Neuer will leave in 2011," said Heldt.

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