„Paul Wanner over Florian Wirtz“ – Bayern refrain from signing Leverkusen’s talent
Bayer Leverkusen starlet Florian Wirtz has become of the most attractive prospects for many big clubs in Europe. With his performances for both club and country, many top European clubs are fighting hard to sign him. Bayern Munich were also among them.
10 goals, 13 assists in all competitions for Leverkusen this season, the 18 years old has become one of the most important players for his club. Wirtz attracted interest from many clubs in Europe since at the beginning of the 2020-21 season when he scored 8 goals and provided 8 assists. Much later, he won the UEFA Euro U21 trophy with Germany U21 by being one of the key players of the team.
But with all that said, Bayern Munich won’t seem to consider him for the future. According to the German outlet ‚Abendzeitung‘, Bayern have refrained from signing Florian Wirtz, not only due to the market value of 70 million euros but also due to the promotion of Paul Wanner to the professional squad. Wanner is heavily trusted for the future and is incredibly praised by Julian Nagelsmann. Bayern wants to make Wanner their „own Wirtz“.
Former Bayern and current Germany’s coach Hansi Flick had suggested Wirtz to the Bayern board in the summer of 2020, back when the young German was making it to the professional squad step by step. Lothar Matthaeus, a close friend of Flick, revealed for an interview with Sport1 a while ago that Flick „always raved about the player, and recommended him a lot to the board“.
Bayern wants to be careful with finances
All things considered, is highly unlikely that Bayern Munich will go for Wirtz, according to ‚AZ‘. A transfer of such magnitude wouldn’t be conceivable for the club in the difficult financial times of COVID-19. Furthermore, they don’t want to compete with other clubs for the signing of Wirtz.
Bayern are rather focusing on the extensions and the salary increases, as was the case recently with Kingsley Coman, Joshua Kimmich, and Leon Goretzka.