German giants FC Schalke have confirmed today that their first-choice goalkeeper and club captain, Alexander Nübel, will leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The German club have held discussions with the player and his representative over the past few months, but the club failed to convince him to commit his long-term future at the club.
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) December 22, 2019
The race for Nubel’s signature is expected to heat up in January. According to reports from German newspaper Bild, Nubel’s next club will be no other than Bayern Munich.
It has been reported that he will join the club on a five-year-contract starting July 2020. The 23-year-old has also been linked with moves to Bundesliga heavyweights Red Bull Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund.
Nubel is seen as a long-term solution for Manuel Neuer whose contract ends in 2023.
Earlier this month, talkSPORT’s European football expert Kevin Hatchard claimed that London outfit Tottenham Hotspur have identified Nubel as a potential replacement for Hugo Lloris.
Many Spurs fans have taken to social networking site Twitter to express their reaction after Schalke officially confirmed the news. Here are some of the selected tweets:
— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) December 22, 2019
Sign him up
— Jack Stokes (@JackStokes92) December 22, 2019
Definitely go for him
— Tom delia (@Tomdelia7) December 22, 2019
Sign him up spurs
— Adam Houckham (@adman1981) December 22, 2019
Hugo’s replacement hopefully 🤞 free transfer levy will love that
— Musa 🇵🇹 (@Musathfc28) December 22, 2019
Let’s get him tied down now! Everyone is going to be going for this guy!
— James – I follow back (@JamesSpurs1882) December 22, 2019
No brainer, pick him up
— Bradley Flanagan (@Brad_Flange) December 22, 2019