Youssoufa Moukoko’s contract negotiations impacted by ‘family differences’ amid interest from top European clubs

Amid interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, according to a report in Bild there is a big row ongoing in the Youssoufa Moukoko household which could have fatal consequences for Borussia Dortmund’s hope of gaining the striker’s signature on a contract extension. 

The 17-year-old has been hesitating with his signature and a major reason for this has now become known. A family dispute in the Moukoko home is being reported to be responsible for the missing signature of the BVB forward. Moukoko has reportedly fallen out with his parents and other family members. If he signs the new contract as a minor, his parents have the opportunity to get a lot of money.

Bild reports that the father of the BVB star is said to be accusing the player’s advisor, Patrick Williams, of greed. The dispute is reported to have caused the German youth international to be denying his family any financial support. If this continues, Bild reports, a plot of land belonging to the family near Hamburg with a value of more than €1m could have to be foreclosed on if the dispute is not concluded soon.

Moukoko’s contract expires in the summer of 2023 and the five-time Germany U21 international is being reported so far to have waived an extension with the difference between the player’s expectations and Dortmund’s offer to be in the region of €4m. Moukoko is holding out for a contract worth €8m which would make him one of the best-paid players at the club alongside Matts Hummels and Emre Can. 

In spite of the Cameroon-born striker’s slow start breaking into the first team, Moukoko has scored nine in 40 appearances since making his debut in 2020. Under Edin Terzic, the 17-year-old is making regular appearances again and has scored four goals in 10 Bundesliga games this season, including the final goal in BVB’s 5-0 win over VfB Stuttgart at the weekend.

Moukoko turns 18 on November 20 at which point he will be able to benefit personally, rather than his family, from his contract which may be the main reason for the family dispute and the drawn out negotiations. However, the young forward has been reported to be on the transfer wish list of some of Europe’s leading clubs including Barcelona, PSG and Real Madrid.

With €34m transfer Donyell Malen proving to be a huge disappointment so far, fans of ‘Die Schwarz-Gelben’ can only hope that an extension can be secured to keep the ‘Wunderkind’ at the Signal-Iduna-Park.

Ben McFadyean

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