Bayern to sign young Schalke keeper on free transfer

The 23-year-old will join the German champions on a 5-year contract. (AFP pic)

BERLIN: Goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel has agreed to join Bayern Munich on a free transfer becoming he latest potential successor to Manuel Neuer, the club announced on Saturday.

The 23-year-old, who has played 17 times for Germany’s under-21 team, had refused to extend his contract at Schalke and will join the German champions at the end of the season on a five-year contract.

Neuer, who moved from Schalke in 2011, has been injury-prone in recent years but the 33-year-old has started 26 games this season and remains the Bayern captain.

He is reportedly about to sign a two-year contract extension.

Nuebel earned a four-match suspension in December after catching Frankfurt’s Mijat Gacinovic in the chest with a flying kick after missing the ball.

Nuebel’s salary at Bayern will be around €5.5 million per season, AFP subsidiary SID reported, which is less than the seven million offer from Schalke he turned down in December.