Chelsea have reportedly been received a boost in their pursuit of Bayern Munich contract rebel Manuel Neuer.
The veteran shot-stopper has supposedly emerged as a target for Blues head coach Frank Lampard, with Kepa Arrizabalaga struggling for consistency this campaign.
The Spaniard’s future at Stamford Bridge remains up in the balance after being dropped for Willy Caballero prior to the coronavirus postponement, and according to a recent report by Bild, Neuer has rejected Bayern’s offer of a fresh deal.
The report claims that the 34-year-old star was presented with a contract offer up to the 2022-23 campaign, but he is supposedly seeking a deal until the summer of 2025.
The report also states that Die Roten are reluctant to offer the shot-stopper a deal of that length because of the imminent arrival of Alexander Nubel from Manuel’s former club Schalke, potentially paving the way for Chelsea to make a move for Neuer.
The Germany international has kept 10 clean sheets in 25 league appearances during the 2019-20 campaign.
Meantime, Liverpool are reportedly still optimistic about sealing a deal for RB Leipzig striker and Chelsea target Timo Werner when the transfer window reopens, in spite of the coronavirus pandemic throwing clubs’ summer plans into disarray.
Timo’s current contract at Leipzig contains an exit clause in the region of £50m, making him a relatively cheap varint compared to forwards with a similar strike rate.
A host of other clubs, including Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona, have been credited with an interest in the star, but The Express reports that the Reds are still at the front of the queue.