Jittery Wachovia courts Citibank, Wells Fargo for merger

Wachovia is talking to potential buyers including Wells Fargo & Co., Banco Santander SA of Spain and Citigroup Inc., according to people familiar with the situation. Wachovia officials don’t believe they need to rush into a deal, and the bank isn’t feeling immediate pressure on its financial condition, people familiar with the company said.

Wachovia declined to comment on the discussions. Earlier Friday, a spokeswoman said the bank is “aggressively addressing our challenges.” Since June, Wachovia has opened 745,000 new checking accounts, she added, indicating confidence among its customers.