A few more days are left in the winter transfer window to close. Clubs are busy making their squads more vigorous as the match schedules will be tight. When the team is more robust, teams will compete more dominantly to win the titles. A name that we regularly heard at the beginning of the season was Florian Wirtz. Bayern Leverkusen’s attacking midfielder. A prospect of the German National Team.
In the upcoming summer transfer window, there are chances that he will move to a top club. Many clubs are targeting him, and they see a future asset for their team. Liverpool considers him a replacement for Sadio Mane, Bayern Munich considers him a successor for Arjen Robben. Barcelona sees a future legend in him, and Real Madrid wants to add more young spirit to the team.
The 18-year-old Florian Wirtz came through his local club FC Koln, and in 2020, after Havertz left the club, Leverkusen signed him when he was 16 years old. The attacking midfielder was the perfect replacement for Havertz, who moved to Chelsea in 2020, and the club’s trust in youth paved the way for the teenage sensation. He was under the radar of Leverkusen from the age of 13. They were very attentive to his situation and were aware that many European clubs had eyes on him. But Leverkusen waited for the right moment and acted at the right time.
When we look at the stats, he is a level above Havertz when comparing their performances with Leverkusen. He has already broken a few records starting from his debut. He debuted at the age of 17 years and 16 days old and became the youngest ever debutant in the club’s history. He is also the third-youngest debutant in the Bundesliga. Last season, he became the first Bundesliga player to score five goals before turning 18. This season, he became the youngest Bundesliga player to score ten goals. Unreal!
Leverkusen has no plans to sell him in the near future, and the player also seems to like staying. According to the Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the club considers him untouchable. As a part of it, on his 18th birthday, the club signed a new, long-term contract with him till 2026.
Wirtz decision to choose Leverkusen as his next club was the best that he took in 2020. The club that nourished Ballack, Kroos, Vidal and Havertz in the past is the perfect playground for the youngster to flourish. The numbers in the Bundesliga this season is sensational.
Right now, Leverkusen’s decision about his future will not change. They consider him as an integral part of the club’s future. But the situation might change within two years. Top clubs will be ready to splash money on him. At least 100 million should be available to convince Leverkusen. Anyway, Leverkusen will try to do the same that they did with Havertz. In every manner, the situation of Wirtz will be similar to that of Havertz.