Liverpool and Manchester United may be forced to change their transfer plans with teenage wunderkind Youssoufa Moukoko insisting he would “love” to stay at Borussia Dortmund. The forward is part of Germany’s squad for the World Cup, but his contract with the Bundesliga team expires at the end of the season. He faces a big decision about his future, but seems to be on the side of staying with his current club.
Moukoko has attracted the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs after an impressive start to the campaign with Dortmund. He has scored six goals in 23 games in all competitions after breaking into the first team more regularly after making his 16-year-old debut in 2020.
He celebrated his 18th birthday earlier this week and is seen as one of the best young prospects in world soccer. His contract expires at the end of the season, meaning he is free to start negotiations with foreign clubs when the transfer window opens in January, with United and Liverpool among the teams closely monitoring his situation according to 90 minutes.
However, the striker’s recent comments suggest the Premier League giants could face a tough task securing his signature as he highlighted his love for his current team.
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“I feel very comfortable at BVB, I love the club. I would love to stay at Borussia Dortmund”, he told RND when asked about his future. “I want to understand what kind of project and perspective the club is going to offer me, it’s an important point.”
Northwestern rivals could use reinforcements in the attacking zones, especially the Red Devils given the recent departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. Moukoko would be considered a huge coup to replace the Portugal captain, especially on a free transfer, and would help Erik ten Hag reduce the age of his team.
Ronaldo’s departure was announced on Tuesday when the 37-year-old left Old Trafford by mutual consent following his revealing interview with Piers Morgan. The legendary striker issued a statement after confirming the decision, highlighting his love for the club despite everything that happened.
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“Following discussions with Manchester United, we have agreed to terminate our contract early,” he wrote. “I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never change.” However, it seems that the time is right to look for a new challenge.
“I wish the team every success for the rest of the season and for the future.”
What steps Moukoko will take next in his career remains to be seen, but a move to the Premier League is looking increasingly unlikely.
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