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Manchester City ‘determined’ to beat Liverpool and Bayern Munich to signature of Bundesliga star



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Manchester City are preparing to battle European duo Liverpool and Bayern Munich for the signature of Florian Wirtz.

Wirtz, who has been linked with a potential move to Manchester City previously, is a versatile attacker that could feature on Pep Guardiola’s radar once again, with the Sky Blues set to target new signings next summer, amid recent struggles, and concern around Kevin De Bruyne’s fitness.

The 20-year-old has played a crucial role in Bayer Leverkusen moving four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, scoring four goals and registering five assists in 14 league appearances.

The Leverkusen star predominantly plays in midfield, but can occupy both wings, leading to interest from three leading clubs across England and Germany.

Wirtz has also starred in the UEFA Europa League, with six direct involvements in four appearances.

The 20-year-old has a long-term contract until 2027 at the BayArena, however has been linked with a potential future exit from the North Rhine-Westphalia club.

Outlet 90min claim that a three-way battle could be set to take place to sign the 20-year-old, with Manchester City “determined” to beat Liverpool and Bayern Munich to the signature of the German international.

The treble-winners are “huge admirers” of the 20-year-old, and had scouts present for Leverkusen’s recent win over Hoffenheim last month.

A transfer is reportedly most likely in 2025 however, with the current Bundesliga leaders set to block any transfer requests in the upcoming January transfer window.

Wirtz is claimed to currently favour remaining in Germany, but both Manchester City and Liverpool are prepared to fight to sign the player, according to 90min.

Manchester City have had success signing players from Germany previously, with Josko Gvardiol completing a £77.6 million move from RB Leipzig in August.

Erling Haaland and Manuel Akanji, who both helped Manchester City to the treble, also moved from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund to the Etihad Stadium.