Newcastle United: Scout sent to watch Florian Wirtz play for Bayer Leverkusen
Newcastle United send scout to watch Bayer Leverkusen prodigy Florian Wirtz as Premier League fighters look to steal a march on rivals for £84m teenager after Saudi-backed takeover
- Newcastle reportedly sent a scout to German teenager Florian Wirtz . to watch
- The Bayer Leverkusen star, 18, has sparked interest from a host of clubs
- Wirtz has scored six goals this season and is valued at £84 million by his club
- German outlet Sport Bild says scout Geoff Lockhart has his eye on Wirtz. threw
Newcastle United have reportedly sent scout Geoff Lockhart to Germany to get his eye on Bayer Leverkusen’s prodigy Florian Wirtz.
The 18-year-old has sparked interest from a host of top European clubs, with Manchester United and Arsenal being linked with moves to bring the Germany international into the Premier League.
Wirtz has made a stunning start to the 2021-2022 season, scoring six goals so far and providing six assists in 12 appearances for Leverkusen.
Newcastle United reportedly sent a scout to watch Bayer Leverkusen star Florian Wirtz
And according to German outlet Sport Bild, Newcastle sent club scout Lockhart to Cologne to watch Wirtz during Leverkusen’s 2-2 draw in the Bundesliga last weekend.
Wirtz was named in the starting lineup by boss Gerardo Seoane and was withdrawn in the 77th minute to be replaced by Exequiel Palacios.
Newcastle have been linked with a host of high profile names following their £305million takeover earlier this month.
The 18-year-old has sparked the interest of a number of top clubs due to his excellent form
The Germans value Wirtz at £84 million and are confident they can keep him until at least 2023
Saudi Arabia’s 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.
A move for Wirtz may not be in the pipeline just yet, however, with Bild reporting that Leverkusen has no plans to sell the youngster – valued at €100m (£84m) – until 2023 at the earliest.
The German outlet claims a number of clubs have sent scouts to assess Wirtz this season, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona.