Bayern Munich have signed goalkeeper Alexander Nubel as a long-term replacement for captain Manuel Neuer.
The Bundesliga Champions announced on Saturday they had agreed to sign Nubel on a free transfer from Schalke and that he will join the club officially on July 1.
Bayern Munich beat the likes of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan to Nubel’s signature.
In a statement posted to the club website, Munich said: “Bayern and Nubel have agreed this transfer in the past days.
“The 23-year-old goalkeeper’s contract with Schalke runs until June 30. Nubel arrives in Munich without a transfer fee and on a five-year-deal.”
Current stopper Manuel Neuer, 33, has recently come out and explained that he has no intention of “fading” into the distance at the club, via Marca.
Nubel has been tipped to take Neuer’s place for both club and country – with the significant age gap of ten years a primary factor for this transfer.
Schalke – the club Neuer also joined Bayern from – had been attempting to get Nubel to extend his contract and had even made the former Germany under-21 goalkeeper their team captain.
He turned down the club’s offer to extend his contract in December.
Nubel, who joined Schalke as a youth player from Paderborn, has made 35 Bundesliga appearances in his career.