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By ESPN Staff
May 12, 2011

Bayern closer to Neuer deal

Bayern Munich have moved a step closer to signing Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from Schalke after holding "constructive" talks with their Bundesliga rivals earlier this week.

Bayern make new Neuer bid

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and board member Karl Hopfner met with Schalke's director of sport Horst Heldt and board member Peter Peters in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss a potential transfer.

While it had previously seemed that both clubs were miles away in terms of their respective valuations of the Germany number one, it now appears that bridges have been built during the meeting.

"It was a very constructive and fair talk," Rummenigge told Munich's Tz newspaper. "We now have a basis to work on.

"I have always said that it would not be easy to find a price that both sides can accept in the end, but after this meeting, I am cautiously optimistic that we have found a price. It is now up to our colleagues from Schalke to discuss it with their board."

The Royal Blues are reported to have demanded €25 million for Neuer's services, but Bayern's offer was reported to be merely half of that.

The Bild newspaper now claims that an offer of €18 million with a further €7 million dependent on success has been put to Schalke by Bayern.

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