Chelsea may find themselves in a heated transfer battle with Manchester City over the coveted Bayer Leverkusen forward, Florian Wirtz. This comes as reports from 90min confirm that City scouts closely observed Wirtz during Leverkusen’s thrilling 3-2 victory against Hoffenheim over the weekend.
However, Chelsea isn’t the sole suitor for the 20-year-old prodigy’s services. The Daily Star has recently suggested Chelsea’s keen interest in Wirtz, speculating a potential price tag of £80 million. Furthermore, Liverpool has thrown their hat into the ring, considering Wirtz as a potential successor to Mohamed Salah.
Wirtz is rapidly emerging as the Bundesliga’s next big export, following in the footsteps of players like Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland, who recently made high-profile moves to Real Madrid and City.
The young Leverkusen sensation has garnered significant attention from numerous top clubs due to his impressive performances early in the season, boasting three goals and four assists in just ten league appearances under the guidance of Xabi Alonso.
With Kevin De Bruyne nearing 33 and grappling with increasing injury concerns, City might be pondering a post-De Bruyne era, potentially opening the door for Wirtz to continue the club’s pursuit of football’s grandest trophies.
Such an enticing proposition to Wirtz could make Chelsea’s bid to secure the German international’s signature a challenging endeavor. However, Chelsea should exercise caution when recruiting from the Bundesliga, as their previous acquisitions from this league, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, while contributing to a UEFA Champions League triumph, struggled to make a significant impact in the Premier League.
Werner returned to RB Leipzig, while Havertz is now with Arsenal, serving as cautionary tales for the club’s recruitment strategy.