According to a report by 90min, Manchester City and Liverpool are in the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen forward Florian Wirtz, rivaling Bayern Munich in the process. The player is currently under contract until 2027, with his father stating that he wants to stay in Leverkusen for the coming season. However, that won’t stop various football clubs across Europe from registering their interest early.
Bayern Munich have a clear head start, having been interested in Wirtz ever since he made his breakthrough back in 2020. The player is widely seen as a future top player in the attacking midfield position, taking over the role Thomas Müller has held for over a decade.
Already, the club is trying to lay the groundwork at the national level — one of Julian Nagelsmann’s stated goals as coach of Germany is to make sure Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala form a proper partnership before Euro 2024. While there’s no evidence that Bayern Munich influenced Nagelsmann’s decision, having the two of them form a partnership only helps a single team at the club level.
For now, City and Liverpool seem like outsiders in the race, but that could change as things develop in the future. Bayern have been in this situation before, being considered frontrunners to sign Kai Havertz from Leverkusen back in the day, only for Chelsea FC to swoop in with an absurd offer during the middle of a pandemic.
Whether Wirtz one day becomes a Bayern Munich player will depend on a number of factors, many not exactly under the club’s control.