Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists Schalke's valuation, not reported interest from Manchester United, is the main hurdle to signing Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
The Bavarians are leading the chase for the goalkeeper, who has already announced that he will not be extending his contract beyond 2012, but their valuation is reported to be as much as €6million less than Schalke's
Neuer won praise from United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for his display in Schalke's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg defeat last week and, with the Premier League side on the lookout for a replacement for Edwin van der Sar for next season, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
But Rummenigge ruled out that possibility. "Let's talk about the facts," he said to ZDF television. "Fact one is Manuel Neuer will not be staying with Schalke beyond 2012. Fact two is that Manuel Neuer will not be moving abroad."
However, a switch to Bayern is still not certain. "We are in talks with Schalke, but I am not as optimistic as certain members of the media," Rummenigge told Sky television.
"We don't have any urgency, though. It is only 30 April and the transfer market closes on 31 August. We will see if we can find a solution. If there is one, then OK, but if not then both clubs will have to live with it."
Rangnick would keep Neuer
And Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick insists he would be more than happy to keep hold of the goalkeeper. "We will only sell Manuel when our expectations have been fulfilled," he told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
"Munich have been saying that they will not pay an astronomical fee and that Schalke have got to budge. Why should a club budge when they have a player who they want to keep hold of? Personally, I would prefer it if Manuel stayed another season with us."
Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger believes the Bavarian giants should do all they can to sign Neuer. "If you can sign Manuel Neuer, who is not only the world's best, but Germany's goalkeeper too, you have to sign him," Schweinsteiger told German daily Die Welt.
"If there is the chance to strengthen the position, so that no other team is better, then you have to do it. I personally hope the club manage to sign him."