Bayern to sign young Schalke keeper on free transfer

BERLIN (AFP) – Goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel has agreed to join Bayern Munich on a free transfer becoming the latest potential successor to Manuel Neuer, the club announced yesterday.

The 23-year-old, who has played 17 times for Germany’s under-21 team, had refused to extend his contract at Schalke and will join the German champions at the end of the season on a five-year contract.

Neuer, who moved from Schalke in 2011, has been injury prone in recent years but the 33-year-old has started 26 games this season and remains the Bayern captain. He is reportedly about to sign a two-year contract extension.

Nuebel’s salary at Bayern will be around EUR5.5 million euros per season, AFP subsidiary SID reported, which is less than the seven million offer from Schalke he turned down in December.