According to reports, Manchester City and Liverpool will have to pay an eye-watering €170 million to sign Florian Wirtz this summer
The Premier League champions are said to have rekindled their interest in the German attacking midfielder, as Etihad Stadium officials look to strengthen their midfield options amid uncertainty surrounding current options.
Bernardo Silva, who has been linked with a move away from Manchester City for several seasons, remains a source of consternation, while Ilkay Gundogan’s current contract at the Etihad Stadium is about to expire.
That is according to Jacque Talbot of FootballTransfers, who claims that Wirtz will not leave Leverkusen this summer unless a club comes in with an offer worth more than €170 million/£150 million.
The report also quotes German sources, who claim that Bayer will only consider selling Florian Wirtz after the 2024 European Championships, and that they will then demand a Bundesliga record fee.
The Bundesliga is expected to be at the center of a number of high-profile transfer deals in the coming months, with Jude Bellingham’s rumored departure from Borussia Dortmund dominating headlines in recent weeks.
The England international is expected to attract interest from across Europe, with Manchester City and Real Madrid leading the chase, while Liverpool cannot be ruled out at this stage.
With Dortmund unwilling to sell one of their star players this summer, the Signal Iduna Park expects a fee in excess of £120 million to secure the services of the 19-year-old central midfielder.