The new season has begun, with Barcelona now sitting third in La Liga, three points behind leaders Real Madrid.
Despite a great team, Barça have demonstrated issues that must be addressed in the near future, such as a lack of depth in the creative department.
Pedri’s injury, along with summer departures, has left Barcelona with little choices in the creative unit. As a result, the team may have to think about adding new players at the conclusion of the season.
Barcelona keeping track of Florian Wirtz
One of the players Barcelona are currently tracking in the market is Florian Wirtz, the German whizkid plying his trade with Bayer Leverkusen.
Wirtz was a hot prospect in the summer, with the player being closely linked with a move to a top European club. However, he ended up remaining at Leverkusen, in order to continue his growth.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are keeping track of Wirtz and have even taken note of his performances for Leverkusen this season.
The young attacking midfielder has been involved in seven goals in all competitions so far, playing a key role in helping Die Werkself start the Champions League campaign on a very positive note.
Wirtz likely to cost a fortune
As mentioned earlier, Florian Wirtz opted to remain at Bayer Leverkusen in the summer despite widespread interest from foreign clubs.
Although Wirtz has declared himself as a Barcelona fan in the past, the attacker’s long-term contract at Leverkusen means he is likely to cost a fortune.
At just 20, Wirtz has a strong future ahead of him, and given his growth trajectory in the Bundesliga, the player is likely to cost somewhere in the region of €100 million.
Leverkusen as a club have also been quite successful recently and have strong balance sheets, meaning the club will be in a position to hold out for a fortune, should they offload the German next summer.
Barcelona, therefore, are unlikely to make a move for Wirtz anytime soon, much like their other targets in the market such as Luis Guilherme.