Bayer Leverkusen star Florian Wirtz is likely to remain at his current club until 2025.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has been one of the stars of the Bundesliga season, with eight goal contributions in 13 appearances so far in 2023/24.
Leverkusen are the surprise league leaders in Germany, sitting three points ahead of Bayern Munich, with Wirtz – who missed a large chunk of the last two seasons with a serious knee injury – playing a key role for Xabi Alonso's side.
Unsurprisingly, the 14-cap Germany international's rise has been followed by transfer speculation involving some of Europe's biggest clubs.
Liverpool are one team who have been regularly linked, with TeamTalk the latest outlet to talk up the Reds' interest.
The report claims that Liverpool see the Leverkusen star as a potential replacement for Mohamed Salah, should the Egyptian leave for Saudi Arabia next summer, while club scouts "have watched Wirtz numerous times this season", including in the recent 1-1 draw with Dortmund.
Meanwhile, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are all said to be keeping tabs on the youngster, whose contract runs until 2027.
However, any move for Wirtz is more likely to have to wait until 2025, with the player's father and agent, Hans-Joachim Wirtz, telling Sky that: "Currently, everything is geared towards Florian continuing to play in Leverkusen next season."
📍Hans-Joachim #Wirtz, father and agent of Florian Wirtz excl. at Sky:
„Currently, everything is geared towards Florian continuing to play in Leverkusen next season.“
As reported: Wirtz is likely to stay in Leverkusen next season. A transfer is definitely planned in 2025.
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) December 4, 2023
Sky reporter Florian Plettenberg adds that a transfer in 2025 is an inevitability, but Bayern Munich is the preferred option, putting a dampener on Liverpool hopes.
Last month, Bayer Leverkusen's managing director, Simon Rolfes, denied reports that Wirtz could move any time soon, saying: "No, no one has approached us - and nobody needs to."