He was a Barca fan but now could become a rival, the star signing Real Madrid are confident in making after Mbappé

A former FC Barcelona fan could become the newest signing for Real Madrid next year.

By Emmanuel Mendez

Kylian Mbappé wears the French national team jersey while a mystery player is below him. The Real Madrid and FC Barcelona crests are next to them.
Kylian Mbappé wears the French national team jersey while a mystery player is below him. The Real Madrid and FC Barcelona crests are next to them.
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FC Barcelona and Real Madrid always like to compete against one another, whether it is on the pitch or on transfers. Real Madrid made a statement as they confirmed the signing of Kylian Mbappé last week, but the Spanish champions do not want to stop there. Real Madrid wants to plan on signing another star player, which would be difficult for them to complete this summer but more likely next year. The player they want is also a transfer target from FC Barcelona, and the Catalan club thought they had the advantage since the player admitted to being a Barca fan. The two Spanish giants are interested in Bayer Levekrusen’s Florian Wirtz. Mundo Deportivo reports that there will be a bidding war between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid next year in order to sign him. José Félix Díaz reports that Real Madrid began work on the signing of Florian Wirtz months ago. Everything is going in the right direction for him to sign in the summer of 2025.

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MARCA reports that Real Madrid is not concerned by FC Barcelona’s interest in the player as they believe they could outbid the Catalan club and could persuade the German attacking midfielder. Wirtz’s contract with Bayer Leverkusen expires in the summer of 2027, and the German champions do not want to sell him this summer. Wirtz’s current market value is over $130 million, according to Transfermarket.

Barcelona fans are hopeful that the player’s love for the club could be enough to convince him to join FC Barcelona instead of Real Madrid next year. In an interview in 2021, Wirtz said, “My dream when I was a child was always to play for Barça. That hasn’t changed. The good thing is that I still have a lot of time.” The German midfielder has to make a strong decision if he does leave Bayer Leverkusen next year, as Real Madrid wants to bring not only him but also Xabi Alonso as a duo. FC Barcelona could propose an exciting future if they have a great season under Hansi Flick, who is familiar with Wirtz in the German national team and proposes an exciting attacking football that he demonstrated at Bayern Munich.

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The season Florian Wirtz had with Bayer Leverkusen

The 2023/2024 season with Bayer Leverkusen was a success for Florian Wirtz, as he won two trophies and was arguably their best player. Wirtz played a total of 49 matches for Bayer Leverkusen across all competitions, which include the Bundesliga, the Europa League, and the DFB Pokal. He scored a total of 18 goals and provided 20 assists this past season. He won the Bundesliga title with the club, which was the first in its history, and they went undefeated domestically as they also won the DFB Pokal Cup.

They also reached the final of the Europa League but lost 3-0 against Atalanta. This past season earned him a spot in the EURO 2024 Germany national team squad. Wirtz will be a key player for the team along with Jamal Musiala as they will try to win the European Championship for the first time since 1996. The Euros will be held in Germany, and they want to win on home soil.

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