Chelsea is edging closer to securing the services of Florian Wirtz from Bayer Leverkusen, a player who has also captured the attention of Manchester City, according to reports from SPORT in Spain.
The latest developments regarding Manchester City’s target, Florian Wirtz, are intriguing. Chelsea has reportedly intensified negotiations with Bayer Leverkusen concerning the potential acquisition of the German international.
Talks are progressing, and the report suggests that Chelsea’s strong relationship with Bayer Leverkusen, established when they signed Kai Havertz for £71 million in September 2020, is playing a significant role in these discussions.
This news follows a previous story from SPORT claiming that Manchester City is planning to make a bid for Wirtz in 2024, as manager Pep Guardiola seeks to infuse a new source of creativity into the Etihad Stadium.
Bayer Leverkusen is anticipated to demand €80 million (£70 million) for the 20-year-old, a fee that reflects Wirtz’s impressive form this season. He has notched five goals and provided eight assists in just 13 appearances for the club.
Should Chelsea successfully secure Wirtz’s signature, Manchester City may need to explore alternative options. According to Christian Falk, the Head of Football at the German news outlet BILD, Guardiola is also interested in acquiring Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala, who occupies a similar No. 10 role behind the striker, much like Wirtz.
It seems improbable that both Wirtz and Musiala would join Manchester City, so the prevailing sentiment is that the club will opt for one of them, rather than attempting to sign both players. BILD suggests that Musiala’s market value currently stands at £96 million, while Wirtz is valued at £70 million. Acquiring both would likely place a substantial financial burden on Manchester City.
This situation warrants close attention as Guardiola strives to secure a new No. 10 for Manchester City in 2024. The choice between Wirtz and Musiala will have far-reaching implications for the club’s future dynamics.