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Real Madrid the most likely destination for €110 million-rated Bundesliga sensation in 2025

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In a major update, German publication SportBILD reports that Bayer Leverkusen and Germany sensation Florian Wirtz is likely to sign for Real Madrid in the summer of 2025.

Wirtz, 21, is one of the most sought-after young talents in European football having excelled at Bayer Leverkusen over the past few seasons.

The German wonderkid has been a key component of Xabi Alonso’s team that has won the Bundesliga title this season and is still unbeaten in all competitions.

While speculations over his future have been doing the rounds, it has been established that Wirtz will stay with Die Werkself for one more season until 2025 before taking the next step in his career.

Wirtz to replace Toni Kroos at Real Madrid

Previous reports had suggested that Florian Wirtz could end up at Bayern Munich in the summer of 2025, as his entourage saw that move as the ideal next step in his career before moving abroad.

However, now, SportBILD reports that Real Madrid have emerged as the most likely destination for Wirtz when he leaves Leverkusen in 2025.

Real Madrid-bound in 2025? (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

The Merengues are great admirers of the 21-year-old German international and see him as a candidate to take over from veteran superstar Toni Kroos as per the report, even though the two players are of very different profiles.

In fact, it is even suggested that Real Madrid have assigned one of their most influential scouts, Felipe Martin, who also scouted Jude Bellingham, to watch Wirtz in every game he plays from the stands.

The Spanish capital club make such a move only when they are very serious about signing a player, which indicates that Wirtz is a key target in the club’s roadmap for the future.

Apart from Real Madrid and Bayern, the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City are also keen on signing the German international.

However, as things stand, it appears that Real Madrid might have an edge over their competitors in the race for Wirtz for 2025.

*Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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