Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Youssoufa Moukoko from Borussia Dortmund.
Spurs sent scouts to watch the 17-year-old play against Borussia Monchengladbach last week, according to 90Min.
Moukoko has established himself as one of the most exciting young players in the world.
He made his senior debut at the first possible opportunity, just after his 16th birthday.
Moukoko replaced Erling Haaland against Hertha Berlin in November 2020.
And now he has cemented his place as a starter in the Dortmund team.
Moukoko has six goals and four assists in the Bundesliga this season, and is in Germany’s World Cup squad.
90min notes that his contract at Westfalenstadion expires in 2023.
And in addition to Tottenham, there is interest from players like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool.
It remains to be seen if Moukoko extends his contract with Dortmund before the end of the season.
Reports in Germany, according to 90Min, have suggested that Moukoko is waiting until he turns 18 on November 20 to sign a new contract.
This is because when you are considered an adult under German employment laws, you will have greater access to your salary.
‘Once or twice in a generation’
If Tottenham manage to sign Moukoko, it would be a great statement of intent.
For a player making his Bundesliga debut as soon as he did, recording as many goal contributions as he has and even making Germany’s World Cup squad despite not being capped, it suggests he’s a superstar in budding.
He is a player that Haaland described as the greatest talent in world football. The Norwegian suggested that he is an ‘incredible’ prospect.
And the Bundesliga website has compared Moukoko to none other than Lionel Messi.
‘Although bundesliga.com would like to urge caution when comparing any player to Messi, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner who has revolutionized the sport, there are some parallels that are hard to ignore.
“Often the players who play in an age group or four are physical specimens, lucky to have evolved to adulthood before most of their peers.
“But while Moukoko is not lacking in strength or speed, to reduce his incredible goal haul simply to those factors would be lazy journalism at best.
‘Having recently reached 5’10” tall, he has been surpassed by most defenders Moukoko has lined up against throughout his career to date.
“Instead, Moukoko creates and takes risks with his low center of gravity, precise control and impressive knowledge of the game. He also has a skillful touch with his favorite left foot and is a natural goalkeeper.
“Maybe once or twice in a generation a player records numbers like 141 goals in 88 youth games, and perhaps no one but Cristiano Ronaldo ever comes close to Messi, but Moukoko’s early signs are extremely promising.”
Fans have compared Moukoko to Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero on Twitter.