​Bayern Munich have confirmed Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nübel will join the club on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to Bavaria ever since he broke through at the Veltins-Arena, widely being tipped as Manuel Neuer's successor both at club and international level.

Nübel has just six months left on his contract with Schalke, and Bayern Munich have now confirmed that the shot-stopped will join them on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The goalkeeper will sign a five-year contract at the Allianz Arena.

Nübel is likely to start off as Neuer's understudy at Bayern Munich as the Germany international is still rated very highly by the club's key decision-makers, but the young star will likely get more game time than their current backup goalkeeper, Sven Ulreich.

For Nübel's immediate future, it's unknown if he will be part David Wagner's first team set up once he returns from suspension during the second half of the season.

Germany Under-21 international Markus Schubert stepped in between the sticks for Schalke during the latter stages of the Hinrunde and it's been suggested that he could retain his place after the winter break.

Alexander Nuebel

Nübel, who is Schalke's captain, has made 41 senior appearances for the club during his career so far - keeping 14 clean sheets across all competitions.

His performances this season have seen Schalke go into the winter break just outside the Champions League places on goal difference alone, with the club sitting just seven points behind league leaders RB Leipzig.

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