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Real Madrid want €130 million German whizkid for 2025, Liverpool, Manchester City also keen

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Real Madrid have all but sealed their marquee signing for the summer of 2024, with Kylian Mbappe expected to join as a free agent with his contract at PSG expiring.

The 25-year-old will be joined by Endrick, whom the Merengues signed from Palmeiras in December 2022 itself and will welcome to the squad in the summer once he turns 18.

But the planning for the next year already appears to be underway as Real Madrid have seemingly identified their next big target for 2025.

Real Madrid want Florian Wirtz in 2025

Indeed, as per BILD, Real Madrid are eyeing Bayer Leverkusen and Germany whizkid Florian Wirtz as a target for the summer of 2025.

The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the finest young talents in the game and is enjoying a spectacular campaign under Xabi Alonso.

Wirtz has racked up a return of eight goals and 16 assists from 30 matches in all competitions as Die Werkself sit atop the Bundesliga table and are undefeated in the UEFA Europa League and the DFB-Pokal.

Wirtz has been linked with Real Madrid in the past as well, and while the interest is retained, the 20-year-old is seen as a target for 2025.

Liverpool, Manchester City also want Wirtz

Man in demand. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

However, the report states that Liverpool and Manchester City are also very keen on signing Wirtz and they might see him as an option for this year itself.

With Jurgen Klopp leaving Liverpool at the end of the season, the Reds are looking at Xabi Alonso as a replacement for the German. And there is a feeling that the 20-year-old could follow his Bayer Leverkusen manager to Anfield in the summer.

As for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola sees Wirtz as a potential successor for creator-in-chief Kevin De Bruyne, who will be 33 in the summer and has been battling injury problems in recent times.

The report states that Leverkusen would demand around €130 million for their prized jewel, who currently earns around €7.5 million-a-year in wages.

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Real Madrid superstar the No. 1 footballer currently, says Spain manager

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Speaking in an interview with Vamos (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Spain manager Luis de la Fuente has acknowledged that Real Madrid ace Jude Bellingham is the No. 1 footballer in the world currently.

Bellingham has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and has been one of their chief protagonists as the Merengues won the La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup titles and made it to the UCL finals.

Even though his form has somewhat dipped in the latter stages of the season, the England international remains integral to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and one of Los Blancos’ most important players.

And Spain manager Luis de la Fuente expressed his admiration for Bellingham, saying:

“He is a player who is doing particularly well. It’s a subjective view, but I like Bellingham’s style a lot, I like that type of player, powerful….”

When asked if Bellingham is the No. 1 player in the world at the moment, De la Fuente replied in the affirmative, as he said: “I think so.”

Bellingham has played 40 times in all competitions for Real Madrid this season, racking up a total of 23 goals and 12 assists in the process.

The 20-year-old’s exploits with Los Blancos in his debut campaign have put him in contention for the Ballon d’Or this year.

A strong performance in the finals of the UEFA Champions League next month and a solid run with England at the UEFA Euro 2024 could further his chances of winning the Golden Ball, although his teammate Vinicius Jr. is also an equally strong contender.

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