Liverpool are reportedly one of the Premier League clubs keeping an eye on Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz over the possibility of a potential future deal.
This comes after Germany-based journalist Christian Falk shared a post on Twitter revealing that Liverpool, along with fellow Premier League sides Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have been “intensely” scouting the 18-year-old starlet.
Falk added that Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are “leading the race” to secure a deal for Wirtz in 2023.
Wirtz joined Leverkusen’s under-19 team back in the 2020 January transfer window from FC Koln for a fee of £180,000.
After making just four appearances for Leverkusen’s under-19s, scoring two goals and providing three assists in the process, the £40.5m-valued teenager (Transfermarkt) made his senior debut for the club in May 2020 in a 4-1 win over Werder Bremen.
Since then, the attacking midfielder has made a total of 54 appearances for Gerardo Seoane’s side, scoring 15 goals and providing 12 assists along the way.
Impressively, Wirtz has managed to score six goals and provide four assists for Leverkusen in just seven appearances across all competitions this term, with his latest goal coming in the 4-0 win over Celtic in the Europa League.
In our view, taking into account his impressive goals and assists record for Leverkusen, particularly this season, it’s easy to see why so many clubs, including Liverpool, have their eyes firmly on the player.
Additionally, with the teenager recently becoming the youngest player to reach 10 Bundesliga goals after scoring the winner in their 1-0 win over Mainz -which led to Seoane calling him a “very talented player” – it’s safe to say that he is very much one to watch out for in the future.
In regards to Liverpool, with the Reds currently lacking a player who predominantly plays in the attacking midfield position in their squad – and some questioning why they did not directly replace Philippe Coutinho, who like the teenager can also play off the left – we feel that Wirtz could be a great addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad if they can land his signature, especially since he can play on both wings too.