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Youssoufa Moukoko set to extend Dortmund stay despite wide interest in Europe

Borussia Dortmund’s teenage sensation Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest footballer to score in Bundesliga when he ripped the stage apart last season. The talented forward has not been hurried into the senior setup and is being carefully nurtured, as he is seen as one of the biggest and brightest young talents in world football. Despite multiple offers popping up at his doorstep, Moukoko wishes to extend his stay with Dortmund. 

Among multiple clubs that are keenly interested in Moukoko, Manchester United is right on top of the list. Erik Ten Hag has been keen on adding a proper No. 9 to his roster after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. Although Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been filling up the boots, the club requires something more clinical up front. 

They have signed Wout Weghorst for the time being on a loan deal from Championship club Burnley, but that is not going to be long-term solution. It is just a stop-gap signing to ensure they can see this season through. However, Ten Hag’s keen interest remains on other forwards who can help him in the long run, which includes the teenage German footballer from Dortmund. 

The 18-year-old has already made his international debut for Germany during the FIFA World Cup 2022, when he came on as a substitute against Japan. He has made 22 appearances across all competitions in this season, most times as a substitute, and scored six goals as well. With interest from all across Europe brewing, Dortmund are also said to slap a massive price tag on the player. 

For Manchester United, the onus now remains on signing the right frontman in the upcoming summer. Moukoko is high up on Ten Hag’s wishlist, but there are some other noteworthy players who he is keenly interested in, which includes Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane. Both forwards have been lighting up their respective leagues with their all-round play and are likely to cost well over a £100 million.

In the ongoing season, Manchester United find themselves in a tricky place but have established a healthy lead against their fellow Champions League rivals.