One of the ongoing rumors of the summer has been Bayern Munich’s alleged interest in Schalke 04 goalkeeper Alexander Nübel. Feeling the heat as their goalkeeper enters the last year of his contract, Die Königsblauen have reportedly made the 22-year-old a spectacular contract offer.
Nübel’s current deal ends in 2020, but per a report from Sport Bild (via tz), Schalke is offering Nübel a huge pay raise through 2024 as part of a new deal that will include a release clause somewhere between €10 million and €20 million:
The offer sounds very appealing: for one, a hefty raise from his previous €600,000 per year to over €5 million (including bonuses) beckons to Alexander Nübel. His contract then would be extended by three years until 2024 and an exit clause has supposedly been agreed, ranging between €10 and €20 million.
If Nübel moves to Bayern Munich, it is unclear how long he would have to wait until Manuel Neuer is ready to cede his role as starting goalkeeper in Bavaria.
Schalke’s attempt to re-sign Nübel, if successful, would achieve at one of two objectives:
- Keep one of Germany’s top young goalkeepers in tow to help the lead the club back into contention.
- Ensure that it receives at least some kind of compensation should Nübel bolt for Bayern Munich or any other destination.
Given that Schalke has already invested in 21-year-old Germany youth international Markus Schubert — another of Germany’s top young goalkeeping prospects — it would appear that Schalke is just looking to ensure that Nübel does not jet for free next summer.