Thomas Tuchel pushes Chelsea to sign Bundesliga “gem” as Real Madrid, Barcelona join chase for youngster

Chelsea have reportedly begun making moves to sign Bayer Leverkusen gem Florian Wirtz whom Thomas Tuchel considers a “priority” transfer target.

According to a report from Catalan outlet El Nacional, as cited by the Chelsea Chronicle, Chelsea are ready to make their move for Wirtz.

The 18-year-old prodigy, valued at €100 million by Bayer Leverkusen, is also being courted by Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The report claims Tuchel has already informed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that the signing of the 18-year-old is a priority.

El Nacional also mentioned that Chelsea have made their moves, but Leverkusen rate the teenager as a €100million (£85.4m) talent.

That is even higher than the £75.8m (Sky Sports) the west London outfit paid for Kai Havertz last year.

Wirtz has been absolutely phenomenal. He has already had seven goals and seven assists from 13 appearances in the Bundesliga and the Europa League this term.

He is often compared to Havertz for obvious reasons, as well as their versatility as an attacking midfielder.

Real Madrid are reportedly also closely following the teenager. Having already missed out on Havertz, the report said they do not want history to repeat itself.

The Spanish media claims that Barcelona are also interested in Wirtz, who apparently grew up as a Barcelona fan, idolising Xavi Hernandez and Andreas Iniesta.

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