Liverpool’s chances of landing Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko have improved after Chelsea decided to step away from talks to sign the player.
Sky Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg says the Blues have “cooled” their interest in the German international, with Dortmund now more confident of keeping him:
News #Moukoko: Positive talks between his management and the bosses in Marbella. Tendency now: A contract extension until 2027! But no final agreements.
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) January 12, 2023
It should be pointed out that Dortmund CEO Hans Joachim Watzke has downplayed hopes of a potential agreement with the player at this stage, so while there have been positive talks with his current club, it doesn’t rule out Liverpool signing Moukoko.
The Reds, Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle and Barcelona have also been keeping tabs on the 18-year-old, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
Moukoko already has two caps for Germany despite his young age, and he has firmly established himself as a starter for Dortmund this campaign, having scored six goals and provided six assists in 22 appearances.