Manchester United interested in Manuel Neuer claims Schalke chief executive

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Manchester United are interested in Schalke 04 and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, chief executive Clemens Toennies said today.

The 24-year-old, who has also been a target for Bayern Munich, has a contract until 2012 with last season's Bundesliga runners-up.

"An international agent contacted me and expressed Manchester United's interest in Neuer," Toennies told Bild newspaper. "If and when there is a written request from Manchester then we will deal with it."

Schalke coach Felix Magath has said that Neuer will see out his contract but the cash-strapped club may decide to cash in on a hefty transfer fee at the end of this season rather than see him leave as a free agent a year later.

Neuer is Schalke's captain and the undisputed Germany number one.

United could be looking for a replacement for 40-year-old Dutch keeper Edwin van der Sar who will be retiring at the end of the season.