Youssoufa Moukoko factfile: 'Incredible' Newcastle target likened to Samuel Eto'o
Newcastle United have been linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko in recent days.
The Daily Mail subsequently quoted a Newcastle source as saying they haven’t made an approach.
‘The club remain keen on the forward, but have not stepped up their interest for the moment,’ added the Mail.
Moukoko’s contract runs out in the summer. Therefore, clubs outside of Germany can now make their approaches.
90Min have reported that the teenager wants €200,000-a-week (around £178,000-a-week).
Dortmund haven’t been able to match that, apparently offering €100,000-a-week.
Could Newcastle make Moukoko their highest-paid player?
Moukoko is one of the best teenagers in world football at present.
If Newcastle were to sign him, that would be a huge statement of intent.
With Moukoko becoming a free agent in summer as things stand, there’s a lot of reported interest in him.
As per 90Min, the roll call includes Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Napoli.
SportBILD – via The Mirror – has previously reported that Moukoko’s January price tag stands at £26.2million.
Over £26million for a player with six months left on his contract – that shows what a top talent he is.
And £178,000-a-week isn’t beyond Newcastle’s budget.
However, we’ll have to see whether they’d make such a relatively inexperienced player their top earner.
Newcastle target Moukoko – factfile
Moukoko made his senior debut at the earliest possible opportunity, coming on just after his 16th birthday.
He replaced Haaland against Hertha Berlin in November 2020.
Moukoko has now cemented his spot as a regular in the Dortmund side.
The ‘incredible‘ talent has six goals and four assists from just 14 Bundesliga outings this season.
He also made the Germany squad for the World Cup and has two caps to his name.
The Bundesliga website recently compared Moukoko to Samuel Eto’o.
‘The similarities between Moukoko and the Eto’o we all grew to know at Barcelona and Inter Milan are striking,’ they wrote.
‘And we’re not just talking about their almost identical height. Although the Dortmund youngster appears bulkier than the current president of the Cameroon FA did as a player.
‘They are both out-and-out centre-forwards who you can always bank on when the ball is played into them, scoring the majority of their goals from inside the penalty area.’