Report: Tuchel already told Chelsea owner Abramovich he wants 18-year-old as priority target

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

This is according to a report from Spanish outlet El Nacional.

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.

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To be fair, at 18, 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.

Chelsea, however, are not alone in the transfer race, El Nacional added.

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Chelsea could face competition from Real Madrid and Barcelona in pursuit of Wirtz

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.

Also, they will eventually have to replace Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in their midfield.

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.

The problem is that the Catalan club is not exactly in a financial position to compete with Chelsea and Real Madrid in the transfer market and, therefore, plan to make their move in 2023.

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