Transfer Talk: Bayern target Leverkusen’s Wirtz for 2025

The summer transfer window won’t reopen in Europe for a while yet, but there are plenty of moves in the works and gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Bayern eye Leverkusen’s Wirtz for 2025

Florian Wirtz has emerged as Bayern Munich‘s prime target for 2025, after extending his stay at Bayer Leverkusen for another season, reports Sky Sport Deutschland.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been a stand-out performer in Xabi Alonso’s side’s Bundesliga-winning campaign, with 17 goals and 19 assists across all competitions. His performances are attracting interest from Europe’s elite, including Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool.

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However, Wirtz, who made the move to Leverkusen at the beginning of 2020 from the youth setup of FC Cologne, is expected to stay with the Bundesliga champions for another season.

The hierarchy at the Bavarian club is eagerly anticipating a move next summer, and their chances of securing the Germany international’s signature are promising, with the player and his family seeing the club as a crucial step before potentially moving abroad in the future.

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Girona are looking Sergi Roberto away from staying another year at Barcelona, reports Mundo Deportivo. The 32-year-old midfielder is out of contract in the summer, but the Blaugrana have offered him a one-year extension. However, Míchel’s side have expressed an interest in signing the Spain international on a free transfer, offering a longer contract and potentially higher earnings, but no formal offer has been made yet.

Jadon Sancho is open to staying at Manchester United under a new manager, reports Rudy Galetti. The 24-year-old winger returned to his former club Borussia Dortmund on loan in January following a public dispute with manager Erik ten Hag. The England international has two goals and two assists in 15 appearances for the German side, but he is interested in discussing his return to Old Trafford with the possible next coach of the Red Devils.

AC Milan are considering Diego Carlos in their list of potential defensive reinforcements, AS reports. The Rossoneri are expected to initiate negotiations with Aston Villa soon for the 31-year-old centre-back who featured in 23 Premier League games for the Villans this season. The Brazil international is currently under contract with the Premier League club until June 2026.

Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco are in a race to sign the latest Palmeiras wonderkid, Luis Guilherme, reports SPORT. The Ligue 1 rivals are in competition for the 18-year-old winger, who has a release clause of €55 million. The sought-after teenager is out of contract with the Brazilian club in June 2026. Monaco’s Brazilian sporting director, Thiago Scuro, is credited with leading their pursuit, whilst manager Luis Enrique looks to add to his squad, having recently enlisted South American stars like 20-year-old Lucas Beraldo and 18-year-old Gabriel Moscardo.

– Brighton are set to make another bid for Leicester City‘s Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, reports Football Insider. Despite the Foxes rejecting the Seagulls’ approach in January, Roberto de Zerbi’s side are optimistic in securing a deal for the 25-year-old midfielder, who has 12 goals and 14 assists in 43 appearances in the EFL Championship this season. With the club’s initial valuation of over £40m for Dewsbury-Hall, Leicester may be forced to part ways with one of their best players for closer to £30m this summer due to their current financial situation, reporting losses amounting to £90m.