Earlier in the season, we relayed news that Manchester City have shown renewed interest in Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz, who is also on Barcelona’s agenda.

In October, Sport reported the Citizens are one of the Premier League sides chasing the 20-year-old and they said he could receive a ‘very high proposal’ from England.

Manchester City continue to be named as a candidate. That’s at least what SportBild are now reporting, when explaining what could happen with Wirtz’s future.

Two months ago, his father, Hans-Joachim, who is also his agent, admitted it would be best for the attacking midfielder to continue with the Bundesliga side for a while.

SportBild relay that and state there is a ‘back door open’ to leaving, since both Florian and his father were never 100% committed to the stance. The fee would be over €130m, irrespective of whether he leaves after this season or in 2025.

When discussing interested parties, Manchester City are mentioned. The report states Pep Guardiola’s side, along with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, are all ‘watching every move’ of the Germany international.

Florian’s deal lasts until 2027 and Leverkusen are aiming to further extend the contract. If he signs a new contract, he’ll become the first player in the club’s history to earn ‘double-digit’ [€10m or more] per year.

“It’s quiet in all directions,” his agent said.

This indicates there’s nothing firm as of now, either for a renewal or a transfer. SportBild add the player is unlikely to join Bayern if Leverkusen [currently top of the table] win the title this season.

Wirtz has managed eight goals and 12 assists from 24 games this season.

For now, Manchester City are only keeping a close watch on his situation and it’s not clear if they are ready to pay a fee in excess of €130m for Wirtz.