Bayern Munich have insisted that they will not be attempting to sign Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in January.
The 23-year-old, who has been capped once by Germany, has made 91 league appearances for the Bundesliga outfit since bursting onto the first-team scene in 2005.
Recent reports have suggested that Bayern were weighing up a move the highly-rated glove-man, with the German giants yet to find a suitable long-term successor to Oliver Kahn.
While the Manchester Evening News also claimed that Premier League champions Manchester United were keen on acquiring the stopper's services, with present No.1 Edwin van der Sar nearing retirement.
And Sir Alex Ferguson's side's hopes of recruiting the custodian have now increased, after Bayern director of sport Christian Nerlinger revealed that the Allianz Arena outfit were not planning a move for Neuer anytime soon.
"Manuel Neuer is not on our wish list," he told Ruhr Nachrichten.
"Even this winter we will not be making any attempt to sign him."
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