Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp will attempt to bring Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to White Hart Lane this summer.
The Spurs boss wants the 25-year-old to replace Heurelho Gomes, who has made a string of high-profile errors in his time in North London.
The Germany international is out of contract in 2012 and has turned down a new deal offered by the Bundesliga club. Redknapp hopes he can get a cheaper deal than the £21million valuation.
“I have taken this decision without any external influence,” explained Neuer on his club’s website.
“The decision has nothing to do with the change of coach or any other person at another club.
“I have a great deal to thank Schalke and their unique fans for, but I would like to have the opportunity for a change after 20 years’ faithful service to this club.”
Neuer attracted strong interest from Manchester United as a replacement for Edwin van der Sar, but the Red Devils decided to go for Atletico Madrid’s David de Gea.
Schalke are resigned to losing their captain but Redknapp will face strong competition from Bayern Munich.
“As much as it hurts us, we have accepted this development and we respect it,” commented the club’s director of sport Horst Heldt.
“How things develop with Manuel Neuer will emerge in the coming weeks and maybe months, but we are now concentrating on our sporting challenges and the rest will follow in due course.”