Chelsea have started talks about signing Borussia Dortmund starlet Youssoufa Moukoko as a free agent, according to the Secret Scout.
Moukoko’s contract with Dortmund expires this summer, and the 18-year-old can start speaking to prospective clubs in January.
Chelsea want to position themselves ahead of the queue for one of Europe’s finest young striking talents.
The diminutive and stocky striker was incredibly prolific at all levels of youth football. However, he is showing it this season with the Dortmund first team.
Following the departure of Erling Braut Haaland, Dortmund signed Sebastien Haller from Ajax. However, Haller subsequently received a testicular cancer diagnosis and is currently undergoing treatment.
Dortmund tried to find cover quickly in the market and went for Koln striker Anthony Modeste, but he has struggled to impress.
It has led head coach Erdin Terzic to trust Moukoko, and the young striker is delivering. He has netted six goals and three assists in eight starts this season.
He has not been the most clinical, missing seven big chances, but he is electrifying in the final third.
His performances earned him a place on Hansi Flick’s Germany squad for the World Cup in Qatar. He only made one appearance, but the experience will be invaluable for his development.
Moukoko is the youngest scorer in Bundesliga history, netting only 28 days after his 16th birthday.
Chelsea are reportedly looking to get Moukoko to sign a five-year deal with an option for an additional year.
The news of the Moukoko interest breaks following reports that Palmeiras youngster Endrick is close to joining Real Madrid.
Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain were in for the 16-year-old, but he is reportedly close to signing for Los Blancos.
The London club have now shifted attention to Moukoko, who has a few advantages over Endrick. Moukoko currently plays in Europe and will not have to wait till he is 18 years old to complete his move.
The German international also has Champions League and top-flight experience and is a lesser risk because he will cost significantly less.