Manchester United ‘lead the chase for £60m-rated Florian Wirtz’, with Ralf Rangnick pushing to sign 18-year-old German sensation from Bayer Leverkusen
- Florian Wirtz is regarded as one of Germany’s best young players for years
- The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is generating interest from top clubs in Europe
- Manchester United are among them and Ralf Rangnick wants the 18-year-old
- Youngster would command a sizable fee thought to be around £60million
Manchester United are ‘leading the chase for £60million-rated German wonderkid Florian Wirtz’ from Bayer Leverkusen.
The 18-year-old is regarded by many as a generational talent and made his Bundesliga debut just after his 17th birthday.
He is already capped for Germany and Ralf Rangnick has identified the midfielder as a transfer target, according to the Sun.
Florian Wirtz is a target for Manchester United and could leave Bayer Leverkusen this summer
The Germany international is seen as one of the most promising prospects for some time
United will no doubt face competition for the youngster with a number of Europe’s elite sides interested in him.
Wirtz is an attacking midfielder so it would be interesting to see where he would fit in the side with Bruno Fernandes already nailing down that role.
But there is no surprise that the Old Trafford club are keen on the player, who is currently tied down to a deal with the Bundesliga side until 2026.
A summer move for him appears far more likely than anything in the January transfer window with Bayer wanting to keep hold of him.
Ralf Rangnick likes Wirtz and is putting his extensive knowledge of the Bundesliga to use
He has five goals and eight assists in 15 Bundesliga games this season while also lighting up the Europa League, notching three goals and the same number of assists across five games.
Rangnick is of course incredibly well connected in German football and is also understood to be monitoring three more young talents.
Luca Netz, Eric Martel and Armel Bella-Kotchap of Monchengladbach, RB Leipzig and Bochum respectively are touted as stars of the future.
Wirtz has scored five times and provided eight assists as one of Leverkusen’s top players
Even though Rangnick is only set to be in place as manager at Old Trafford for the rest of the season before taking up a consultancy role, it could be the case that the club look increasingly towards the Bundesliga for recruitment.
Paul Pogba could well leave in the summer, meaning Wirtz could be brought in as a replacement for the Frenchman.
Much could depend on whoever United identify as their next permanent manager in the months ahead.