Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keen on Bayer Leverkusen star Florian Wirtz and has had the youngster scouted on numerous occasions.
That’s according to SportBILD journalist Christian Falk, who says that Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all done the same.
Wirtz appears to be the next rising star of German football, having stepped into the hole left at Leverkusen by Kai Havertz’s move to Chelsea last summer.
Many believe Wirtz to be the next Havertz, and his tally of five goals and four assists in six games in all competitions this season has not gone unnoticed.
It’s clear the midfielder could be a star of the future, and the biggest clubs around Europe are already taking notice of him.
That will include the Premier League pack, who were all keen on Havertz before his move to Chelsea last summer and will likely jump at the opportunity to snap up a player like him.
That is certainly the case for Manchester City, it seems, with Falk reporting that they are keeping a very close eye on the 18-year-old’s development.
“Pep Guardiola has sent scouts to Leverkusen time and time again recently to watch him,” he told BILD.
“There are, of course, a few others sitting there from Chelsea, United, Arsenal and Liverpool. So many, many Premier League clubs are interested but City very specifically.
“We do know, though, that he’s not in a hurry to move to the Premier League just yet. The young man Florian Wirtz is still developing at Leverkusen, and there have already been talks with FC Bayern, which of course, are only indirect.
“So that’s the responsibility of his father and his advisor. It does seem that Bayern have a very, very good chance of being the next step.”