Rumours of Real Madrid’s interest in Bayer Leverkusen’s midfield sensation Florian Wirtz have been quite commonplace over the past few months.
However, there seem to be significant updates in the saga courtesy of transfer-expert Fabrizio Romano, who provides some new information about the young German in his latest YouTube video.
Amid interest from eternal rivals Barcelona and Premier League giants Manchester City, Romano reports that certain personnel within the Real Madrid camp are also eyeing Wirtz.
It does not come as a surprise as Los Blancos seem to be on a trail to assemble a squad of very young players who are seemingly already established superstars.
A waiting game for Wirtz
However, signing the 20-year-old is not going to be a very straightforward affair at the minute.
The rumour mill has been churning out reports that Wirtz could leave in January, but Romano dismisses them saying that there is no chance of that happening.
Furthermore, it is also unlikely that the player moves in the summer of 2024 as his unwavering focus remains on the EUROs in Germany without being subject to any transfer speculation.
It was previously reported that Leverkusen will look to charge an astronomical fee of around 120 million euros for the 20-year-old, and that he would not leave before 2025.
While money may not be much of an issue for the Merengues, it depends on whether they are willing to wait for that long to complete another marquee signing in midfield.
Madrid have also had their eyes on Bayern Munich star Jamal Musiala, and if he is available earlier, they may just choose to head in that direction.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.