Manchester United and Arsenal allegedly hold an interest in landing the highly-rated Bayer Leverkusen youngster Florian Wirtz.
In spite of only turning 18 years of age in May, the ace has already established himself as an important player at the Bundesliga outfit.
The versatile midfielder, a natural replacement for Chelsea’s Germany international Kai Havertz, has contributed 11 goals and 11 assists from 50 first-team appearances.
According to a recent report from a Spanish news outlet Todofichajes, the Red Devils and the Gunners have been left impressed by his progression over the last one year.
Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are also long-term admirers and will almost surely attempt to keep the player in the country if Florian becomes available in the future.
However, Die Werkself are in no rush to part company with Wirtz, who has a contract at BayArena until the end of the 2025-26 season.
Elsewhere, former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has claimed that he was ‘not shocked’ by the Red Devils’ 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.
“Manchester United haven’t got going. Against Wolves, they were very fortunate. Against Newcastle when it was 1-1, it was a heads-or-tails game. It could have easily gone Newcastle’s way,” he told Sky Sports News.
“Champions League football is hard and it doesn’t matter who you are playing. For Young Boys, this is their biggest game ever. And if you don’t match that, you are in trouble. This isn’t the biggest shock to me.”