Pep Guardiola has shown significant interest in Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz, identifying the 20-year-old midfielder as a potential successor to Kevin De Bruyne, according to reports. Christian Falk suggests that Manchester City has a substantial chance to secure Wirtz if they make a move in 2025.
While Leverkusen aims to retain Wirtz until 2025, there is an agreement that he could leave for a minimum fee of €130 million (possibly €150 million). Falk believes that Manchester City is the only club capable and interested in paying such an amount, putting them in a strong position to acquire the talented German midfielder.
Pep Guardiola’s admiration for Wirtz is evident, with Falk noting that Guardiola sees him as a potential successor to De Bruyne, capable of playing various positions and fitting seamlessly into Guardiola’s style of play.
Despite the remarkable asking price, Wirtz’s statistics make him a compelling prospect. With 20 goal contributions in 24 appearances across all competitions, he stands out as a highly-rated creative player. His shot-creating actions place him in the 95th percentile, showcasing his effectiveness in generating opportunities. Additionally, Wirtz excels in aggressive dribbling, ranking in the 95th percentile for successful take-ons.
The young playmaker’s reliability in possession, evident through his passing statistics, further adds to his allure. Guardiola’s interest in Wirtz reflects the player’s potential to contribute significantly to Manchester City’s midfield, making him a key target for the future.