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Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid flirting with FC Barcelona

Wirtz Barcelona, Football Express

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz hinted about his desire to move to Barcelona. The 18-year-old has been tearing it up in Bundesliga, clocking more than 2000 minutes for his team in the league.

Wirtz, who is dubbed as the “next Kai Havertz“, has previously stated his interest to play for Barcelona in an interview with Sports Bild.

“When I was a kid I always wanted to play at Barca. Nothing has changed in that sense but until then I still have some time.” – said Wirtz.

Wirtz has become a sensation for Leverkusen after his move from the Koln youth team. He soon made history by becoming the youngest player ever to feature for Bayer Leverkusen in Bundesliga. His goal against Bayern Munich in June 2020 made him the youngest player ever to score in Bundesliga, though it was later broken by Youssouffa Moukoko in this season.

In this season, Wirtz has shown his quality. He has already scored 5 goals for Leverkusen in Bundesliga. Add to that the 5 assists he has, Wirtz becomes an amazing prospect at the age of 18. Top clubs like Liverpool have taken note of his talent and are said to be interested in signing him.

However, the latest development came during one of the social media posts by his club Bayer Leverkusen. In the post, fans asked multiple questions to the young German. For a question regarding the best player of all time, Wirtz replied to it as Lionel Messi.

While this is not much, it shows the young midfielders’ admiration of Barcelona and their legendary superstar Messi. It is still not sure whether the Argentine will be staying at Camp Nou come the next season. So if Wirtz, wants to play with his idol, now would be the best time to make a move.

Barcelona has not made any move in securing Wirtz. The German is contracted with Bayer Leverkusen till 2026 and hence it would take a hefty sum to secure his services. Barcelona could also face competition from the likes of Liverpool who are interested in signing the versatile youngster.

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