Chelsea enter the battle to sign 18-year-old Germany international

Real Madrid are ready to wait until the summer of 2023 before tabling a proposal for Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid and Chelsea target Florian Wirtz.

The 18-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the best youngsters in Europe following his displays this season, scoring 10 goals and picking up 13 assists from 28 appearances across all competitions.

His rapid rise has allegedly led to interest from the likes of the Blues, Real Madrid and Manchester United, but Die Werkself are under no pressure to cash in on the teenager, whose deal doesn’t expire until June 2026.

According to Defensa Central, the Galacticos are not prepared to move for the Chelsea-linked player this summer, with manager Carlo Ancelotti concentrated on trying to improve other zones of the midfield.

The report goes on to say that Los Blancos’ chief scout Juni Calafat will continue to monitor Wirtz’s performances, but the attacking midfielder could command a figure as high as €100 million (£82.8 million).

There is certainly a chance for Thomas Tuchel’s side to make their move to bring the in-demand sensation to Stamford Bridge.

Florian – a former prospect of Koln’s youth sector before his move to the BayArena outfit two years ago – now has 19 goals and 21 assists to his name from 75 first-team appearances for his side.