Bayer Leverkusen star Jonathan Tah has told Sky Germany that teammate Florian Wirtz has the potential to play for the top clubs, amid transfer interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.
Wirtz is proving himself to be one of the latest wonderkids in Germany after a sublime start to his career. He enjoyed his breakthrough last term following Kai Havertz’s departure with eight goals and eight assists in 38 games. The 18-year-old sensation has also scored six and assisted five goals in just eight appearances across all competitions this season.
He has had some involvement in the scoring for Die Werkself in each of his outings thus far this term. Wirtz also made his senior Germany bow last month and has two assists in four-caps, zero starts, under Hansi Flick.
Arsenal and Liverpool are among the growing number of clubs eying transfers for Wirtz as his stock continually grows with Bayer Leverkusen. Christian Falk recently claimed the Reds and Gunners trail Bayern Munich in the race for a 2023 deal. Teams face waiting two-years as the BayArena outfit consider the teen ‘untouchable’ next summer, per Fabrizio Romano.
Tah lauds Liverpool and Arsenal transfer target Wirtz
Tah believes Wirtz is already performing at an ‘outstanding’ level for Bayer Leverkusen and is on course to warrant interest from the top clubs in world football. He also advises his teammate for club and country to take more responsibility to open greater avenues.
“He’s doing outstanding work, also in training,” Tah said. “He’s definitely an outstanding player, who is very important to us. I wish for him that he stays healthy and continues in exactly the same way he continues to work for the team and in his own way, takes responsibility on and off the pitch. And then the doors are open to the top for him.”
Should Arsenal or Liverpool target Wirtz next year?
Bayer Leverkusen will put up a firm resistance to any approaches for Wirtz next year, but Arsenal and Liverpool could still try to tempt Die Werkself with an eye-watering offer to edge the queue of suitors quickly forming behind the attacking midfielder from Pulheim.
The BayArena hierarchy know they have a real rising star on their hands, however, so any transfer – in 2022 or 2023 – will be expensive. And the two-year wait for Wirtz will surely only see his value skyrocket if he maintains his current output.