Newcastle United ‘sends scouts to see Bayer Leverkusen wonder boy Florian Wirtz’ as Premier League fighters seek to steal a march on rivals for £ 84 million after Saudi-backed acquisition
- Newcastle reportedly sent a scout to watch German teenager Florian Wirtz
- The 18-year-old Bayer Leverkusen star has attracted the interest of a host of clubs
- Wirtz has scored six goals this season and is valued at £ 84 million by his club.
- German media outlet Sport Bild says scout Geoff Lockhart took a look at Wirtz
Newcastle United reportedly sent scout Geoff Lockhart to Germany to take a look at Bayer Leverkusen’s wonderful kid Florian Wirtz.
The 18-year-old has drawn the interest of a host of Europe’s top clubs, with Manchester United and Arsenal linked with moves to bring the German international to the Premier League.
Wirtz is off to an impressive start to the 2021-22 campaign, scoring six goals and providing six assists in 12 outings for Leverkusen thus far.
Newcastle United reportedly sent a scout to see Bayer Leverkusen star Florian Wirtz
And according to the German outlet Sport Bild, Newcastle sent club scout Lockhart to Cologne to catch a glimpse of Wirtz during Leverkusen’s 2-2 draw in the Bundesliga last weekend.
Wirtz was named in the starting line-up by coach Gerardo Seoane and was retired in the 77th minute to be replaced by Exequiel Palacios.
Newcastle has been linked with a host of high-profile names following its £ 305 million takeover earlier this month.
The 18-year-old has attracted the interest of several major clubs due to his excellent form.
The Germans value Wirtz at 84 million pounds and are confident they will be able to keep him until at least 2023.
The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) now owns an 80 percent majority stake in the club and has ambitious plans to take the club to the top of European football.
However, a move for Wirtz may not be in the works yet, as Bild reported that Leverkusen has no plans to sell the youngster, valued at 100 million euros (84 million pounds), until at least 2023.
The German outlet claims that several clubs have sent scouts to evaluate Wirtz this season, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Atlético de Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona.