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Florian Wirtz Transfer Buzz: Leverkusen’s €130M Demand
- Updated: January 19, 2024
As the winter transfer window opens in Europe, Bayer Leverkusen’s attacking midfielder, Florian Wirtz, has become the center of attention for top clubs such as Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Bayern Munich. Sport Bild reports that despite a prior agreement for Wirtz to stay with the Bundesliga leaders until at least 2025, speculation is rife about a potential departure in 2024 or 2025.
Florian Wirtz, a 20-year-old talent with a contract running until 2027, has caught the eye of major European clubs. His father and advisor, Hans-Joachim Wirtz, have affirmed his son’s commitment to Bayer Leverkusen, but there are whispers of a potential exit strategy. The rumored asking price for Wirtz is over €130 million, with some sources suggesting it could even be as high as €150 million.
While Wirtz’s current contract ties him to Leverkusen until 2027, the uncertainty surrounding his future has led to intense scrutiny from top clubs across Europe. Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Bayern Munich are closely monitoring the German international, eager to secure his services.
Despite recent contract extensions for both manager Xabi Alonso and Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, a move for Wirtz is not expected in the immediate future. Leverkusen is reportedly aiming to convince Wirtz to extend his current contract, potentially offering a lucrative deal, making him the first player in the club to approach a €10 million-per-year contract. However, as of now, there are no concrete discussions regarding a departure or contract extension.
In the broader transfer market, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Manchester United is eyeing Bayern Munich center-back Matthijs de Ligt. The 24-year-old may consider changing clubs in the summer due to a strained relationship with manager Thomas Tuchel. Additionally, Bayer Leverkusen’s Odilon Kossounou has emerged as a center-back option for the Red Devils, with the 23-year-old’s impressive displays catching the attention of the Premier League club.
Contrary to reports suggesting the termination of Neymar’s contract by Al Hilal, sources have debunked these claims as “fake news.” The Saudi Arabian club removed Neymar from their squad list to accommodate Renan Lodi as a foreign player, given Neymar’s season-ending injury.
In another development, various top clubs, including Juventus, Napoli, Manchester City, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Liverpool, have reportedly engaged in discussions with Shakhtar Donetsk’s attacking midfielder, Heorhiy Sudakov. The 21-year-old is valued at €40 million, with Liverpool showing the most serious interest.
Aston Villa has set its sights on Middlesbrough forward Morgan Rogers as a priority for the winter window. While no agreement has been reached, both the 21-year-old player and Villa manager Unai Emery are excited about the potential move. Additionally, Villa is on the verge of completing the signing of 18-year-old right-back Kosta Nedeljkovic from Red Star Belgrade.
Lastly, Napoli has expressed a keen interest in RB Salzburg center-back Oumar Solet. An agreement with the Austrian club is reportedly in place, pending a financial agreement between the parties involved.
As the transfer window progresses, these developments underscore the dynamic and competitive nature of the football transfer market, with clubs vying for top talents and negotiating complex deals to strengthen their squads.
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By- Sahiba Suri