Manchester United are reportedly monitoring the progress of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz ahead of a possible move.
What’s the story?
According to reliable journalist Christian Falk, who is the head of football for German outlet Sport Bild, the Red Devils have joined fellow Premier League sides Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in tracking the versatile 18-year-old’s progress.
However, Falk also revealed that reigning German champions Bayern Munich are leading the race for Wirtz’s signature ahead of a possible move in 2023.
He tweeted: TRUE @ManCity scout Florian Witz (18) intensely. Also @ChelseaFC @LFC @ManUtd and @Arsenal are interested. But: @FCBayern is leading the race for a Transfer in 2023″.
Manchester United fans will be buzzing
Since making his first-team debut aged just 16, Wirtz has established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s most exciting young prospects, scoring 14 goals and providing 12 assists in 53 appearances for Leverkusen.
The youngster appears to have taken his already impressive game to another level this season, though. In just six outings for Gerardo Seoane’s charges, the attacking midfielder has bagged five goals, laying on a further four assists for his teammates.
United may currently be well-stocked in Wirtz’s preferred position, but with Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba all out of contract over the summer, they could need some reinforcements in the near future.
The Germany international is comfortable playing in an array of different positions having been fielded as a striker, left-winger, No.8 and No.10 in his short career, and his versatility may be an attractive asset to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Although a defensive midfielder is likely to be the priority for the 20-time English champions over the next couple of transfer windows, it’s believed Wirtz sees his short-term future away the BayArena, meaning United should still be able to swoop for him once a holding player has been acquired.
Therefore, a large section of the club’s supporters are likely to be buzzing at this latest revelation. Wirtz has the potential to be a generational player, and United’s early interest could pay off in the future.