Barcelona enter talks with Bayer Leverkusen for Florian Wirtz

It’s no secret that Barcelona are interested in Florian Wirtz. But who isn’t? Reports in the Spanish media claim Barcelona have entered talks with Bayer Leverkusen for Florian Wirtz. The 19-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.

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Florian Wirtz has been at Bayer 04 Leverkusen since 2020 when he joined from 1. FC Köln. His contract at Bayer Leverkusen is set to expire at the end of the 2026/27 campaign.

The midfielder has featured in 13 matches for Bayer this term, netting 2 goals and providing 6 assists in all competitions.

He’s incredibly experienced for a 19-year-old and still has tons of room for growth. As a member of Germany national football team, Wirtz won four caps.

Florian Wirtz has been in impressive form for Bayer Leverkusen this season and it looks like he caught the eye of many European clubs including Barcelona.

Xavi needs to sign players who can add creativity from the middle of the park.

The Germany international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of attacking midfielder Xavi wants to target in the next transfer windows.

Wirtz is a skilled midfielder who can make a difference at both ends of the pitch.

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According to the report, “Barcelona are in talks with Bayer Leverkusen attacker Florian Wirtz. The 19-year-old Bayer Leverkusen star is one of the biggest talents on the continent and according to Sky Sport Germany, the first contact has already been made. There has already been a call from Barca to the player’s father to find out about his situation. With a contract until 2027, the club will have to negotiate an exit for him and that will not be easy, since there are also other big European clubs after him. Despite this, Barça have an important advantage in that on several occasions, Wirtz has explained his feelings for the club. In an interview for Bild last year, the German said: “When I was a kid I always wanted to play for Barcelona. That hasn’t changed, but I still have some time before that can happen.” It’s suggested Barca will watch Wirtz next season with the aim of signing him for 2024.”

However, Barcelona will have to balance the books before attempting to land Wirtz.

Should Barcelona pursue Florian Wirtz?

If Barcelona and Xavi are seriously considering a young midfielder, Wirtz could also prove to be a smart option.

It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.

Florian Wirtz has all the skillset required to be a success story at Barcelona. Therefore, it makes sense for Xavi to step up his attempts to bring the Germany midfielder to LaLiga side.

Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Barcelona.

How strong that interest is and whether Barcelona will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.

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Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time playing Esports games.

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