Manuel Neuer wishes to stay at Bayern Munich beyond his current contract and Chelsea are not currently an option for the German international, according to reports. The 34-year-old has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as the Blues look to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga between the posts.
But Neuer is keen to remain at the Allianz Arena, having won seven Bundesliga titles and the Champions League during his nine-year spell with the Bavarian outfit.
Sky Germany report that the veteran stopper is not considering a move to Chelsea at this stage, dealing a blow to the Blues’ recruitment options.
However, Neuer is out of contract in 2021 and negotiations are proving difficult in the current climate with the coronavirus outbreak causing all fixtures to be postponed until April 30 at the earliest.
The latest report claims Neuer and Bayern are yet to agree on the length of an extension, while the player also wants an indication of the competitiveness of the squad for next season before penning a deal.
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Bayern have already snapped up Alexander Nubel from Schalke ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, and the 23-year-old’s arrival could significantly impact Neuer’s playing time.
Even if Neuer was to be convinced over a move to Chelsea, the German ace would not provide a long-term solution to Frank Lampard’s goalkeeping issue.
The Blues boss remains unconvinced by Kepa Arrizabalaga and dropped the Spaniard after a run of poor form earlier this season.
However, Lampard did recall Kepa shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic put all football on hold and the 25-year-old was solid enough against Liverpool and Everton last month.
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Kepa became the world’s most expensive stopper when he joined from Athletic Bilbao for £72million in 2018, and Chelsea are unwilling to take a big financial hit if selling him on.
Real Madrid have been touted as a potential destination, while Chelsea have reportedly been monitoring a host of high-profile replacements in addition to Neuer.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jan Oblak, Andre Onana, Dean Henderson, Nick Pope and Juan Musso have all been linked while the Blues are supposedly ready to offer Gianluigi Donnarumma a bumper contract to prise him away from AC Milan.
Express Sport understands Chelsea have already made contact with Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola over a potential move and now reports from Italy suggest the Premier League club have gone one step further.
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SportItalia journalist Alesssandro Jacobone claims the Stamford Bridge outfit are ready to test the water by offering Donnarumma a five-year deal worth €8million-a-year (£7m) plus bonuses.
This comes to €40m (£35.4m) over the course of the deal and over £130,000-a-week as they look to tempt the stopper away from his boyhood club, although it is not clear how much the Blues would be prepared to pay in transfer fees.
AC Milan are hopeful of tying Donnarumma down on a long term deal while the player himself – like Neuer – is believed to want to stay at the club but only if the situation is right.
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