Talks between Bayern Munich and Chelsea-linked goalkeeper Manuel Neuer about a new contract have stalled over the length of a proposed extension, according to reports.
Neuer has been Bayern’s number one choice between the sticks for a number of seasons since his move from Schalke, with his latest contract – signed in April 2016 – set to expire in the summer of 2021.
With just over a year remaining on Neuer’s current terms, the German champions have reportedly been in talks with the 34-year-old over another extension.
However, according to German newspaper Bild, Neuer wants another five-year contract taking him to the age of 39, while Bayern have only offered terms until 2023.
The source claims that Neuer is being “tough” in the negotiations, refusing to budge on his demands because he feels that he can make up for lost time after a series of injuries over the past few seasons.
There is, however, a “real problem” posed by a five-year extension in that Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nubel, who will move to Bayern in the summer, has signed a contract of the same duration.
It is said that Bayern are concerned that Neuer, who will want the guarantee of continued game time, could force Nubel to sit on the bench for the duration of his stay with the Bavarians.
In any case, Bayern and Neuer are said to be “far apart” in negotiations and an agreement does not look like being reached soon.
The report comes after previous claims that Chelsea are keen on signing Neuer to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has the worst save percentage in the Premier League this season.
Blues boss Frank Lampard is reportedly willing to let go of the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, who joined from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2018.
In other news, Chelsea are reportedly close to an agreement to sign Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.
The 22-year-old has made 34 appearances this season, chipping in with one goal.