Manuel Neuer to Manchester City - really???

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The Germany number one has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium, but is there any traction in the rumour?

Joe Hart’s problems at Manchester City are well publicised, with the England goalkeeper losing his place at club level due to one too many mistakes.

Manuel Pellegrini has kept the English stopper in reserve over recent weeks, and Hart was again forced to watch on from the sidelines in City’s 1-1 draw at Southampton on Saturday.

As such, the big-spending title contenders have been linked with a number of other goalkeepers, with a potential January move on the cards.

The latest rumour in the British press links the Manchester club with a spectacular move for Bayern Munich and Germany stalwart Manuel Neuer.

The Express claim that City will do everything in their power to convince the stopper to move to England, including bidding more than £40 million and making him the highest paid goalkeeper in world football.

However, the likelihood of this actually happening is very small.

Firstly, why Bayern would ever sell the man many adjudge to be the world’s best goalkeeper remains to be seen, as the Bavarian giants are not in need of money and have based their defence around the giant stopper.

Neuer may well receive a higher wage at City, but he has achieved top levels of success at the Allianz Arena, winning a momentous treble with the club last season.

With Bayern looking odds on to scoop domestic prizes again this term and a real threat in Europe, sporting-wise Neuer is better served in his homeland.

That said, the 27-year-old has caused controversy in the past, leaving Schalke to join Bayern, who are a rival club. This was treated with animosity from both groups of fans, with even some Bayern supporters not taking to the keeper due to playing for Schalke previously.

That said, something dramatic would have to happen for Bayern to agree to sell Neuer and the goalkeeper to move to City – there are some things money can’t buy.

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