Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is a target for Manchester City as the Premier League club look to reunite the stopper with new coach Pep Guardiola.
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Friday, Mar. 4
Adrian Kajumba of the Mirror reported the Spanish coach wants to bring Neuer with him from Bayern when he arrives at City in the summer.
Guardiola is said to desire a "sweeper-keeper" at the back due to his technical style, and current No. 1 Joe Hart could make way for the Germany international, who is widely regarded as the best in the game.
Manager Guardiola is planning a major squad overhaul when he takes over in the summer.
Having a 'sweeper-keeper' who is good with his feet is a key part of his philosophy, and the Spaniard is determined to have one as his last line of defence at City.
And that could spell bad news for England No 1 Hart if the new boss feels he doesn't fit the bill, as Neuer, Guardiola's current Bayern Munich stopper, certainly does.
He would be the Spaniard's top choice to come in if he decides to target a new keeper, and City are keeping an eye on the German international's situation at Bayern.
Neuer is reportedly after a pay rise at Der FCB, despite having three years on his current contract remaining, according to Kajumba. The stopper wants £300,000-per-week, which is double the earnings of Bayern's senior players.
The wage demand would certainly not deter the Sky Blues, who have struggled to maintain a challenge in the Premier League this season.
At 29, Neuer may require a new challenge after his resounding success in the Bundesliga, and the fact he has played under Guardiola could tempt him to the north-west to follow his current boss.
The goalkeeper has amassed 14 clean sheets in 24 Bundesliga appearances this season, according to Squawka, and City will want a stopper who delivers similar statistics in English football.