Barcelona and Real Madrid to lock horns for German star in 2025


NUREMBERG, GERMANY - JUNE 03: Florian Wirtz of Germany reacts during the international friendly match between Germany and Ukraine at Max-Morlock-Stadion on June 03, 2024 in Nuremberg, Germany.
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FC Barcelona hope to gradually improve their financial standing in the coming seasons. This would not only allow them to balance out things with fair play, but in turn, also allow for the arrival of top stars. For Barcelona, to remain as a top European contender, the arrival of world-class players is crucial.

However, there is one certain transfer target who remains a dream of the future for Barcelona. Unattainable right now, but that applies to almost all of Europe’s top clubs that are interested in him and does not apply only to the economically restricted hopes of the Catalan club.

That player, as highlighted by Mundo Deportivo, is 21-year-old German wonderkid Florian Wirtz. As per MD, the upcoming year of 2025 will witness a fierce battle between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, as both clubs aim to secure the Bayer Leverkusen star for themselves.

At the moment, as MD points out, Wirtz aspires to remain with his current Bundesliga-winning side for another season as they look to play in the UEFA Champions League.

However, in the summer of 2025, it is expected that both Barcelona and Real Madrid, alongside potentially other top European sides, will be coming in for the final strike when it comes to Florian Wirtz.

For Barcelona, Wirtz is a long-term target who also happens to be a fan of La Blaugrana himself. Whether it be through his posts on social media or his words in public interviews, Wirtz has never hidden the fact that he has always been a childhood fan of FC Barcelona.

Moreover, Florian Wirtz is a dream signing for Barcelona director Deco, who would love to pursue the player if Barça manages to improve their financial standing by 2025. However, Los Blancos will not easily relinquish their pursuit, aiming to secure a top-level signing for the third consecutive year after Jude Bellingham and, most recently, Kylian Mbappe.

For Barcelona, the arrival of Wirtz will mainly depend on their own finances. At the moment, it is expected that the player will not arrive for any amount below €100 million, and several sources claim the player would cost around €150 million if any club wishes to take him away from Leverkusen, with whom he has a contract until 2027.

Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and an avid enjoyer of all things Blaugrana. Having fallen in love with the club for the way they defined football for him, he now spends his time watching games, analyzing the happenings in them, and digesting any and everything related to his beloved Catalan club. He also writes as an author for Barca News Network hoping to deliver the latest updates to his fellow ‘culés’.

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