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Real Madrid, Barcelona transfer target would ‘love to stay’ at current club

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With his Borussia Dortmund contract expiring at the end of the ongoing season, Youssoufa Moukoko has emerged as a transfer target for several top clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The forward, who turned 18 recently, has enjoyed a fine start to the 2022/23 campaign, bagging six goals and assists each from 22 matches in all competitions.

Moukoko’s form has earned him a call-up to the Germany national team squad for the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Talks about his future have been doing the rounds for a while now, with Real Madrid touted to be among the clubs interested in the teenage prodigy’s services.

Los Blancos do not have a natural cover for Karim Benzema in the centre-forward role at the Santiago Bernabeu and could look to invest in a young forward next summer, with Moukoko emerging as a transfer target.

Real Madrid’s bitter rivals Barcelona are also interested in the teenage striker as a potential backup option for Robert Lewandowski.

However, the 18-year-old, in a recent media interaction, insisted that he feels very comfortable at Borussia Dortmund and could stay put at Signal Iduna Park beyond the ongoing campaign.

“I feel so comfortable at BVB, I love the club. I’d really love to stay at Borussia Dortmund. I want to understand what kind of project and perspective the club will offer me, it’s an important point,” Moukoko told RND, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

While Moukoko insists that he wishes to continue at Dortmund, his reported wage demands of €7 million per year could still prove to be a stumbling block, which could leave the door open for other interested parties like Real Madrid and Barcelona to make a swoop.

The youngster is currently at the World Cup and will be focused on helping Germany after their defeat to Japan in the opener. As for his future, things could pick up pace once the tournament in Qatar is done and dusted.

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France set for major boost as Real Madrid midfielder closes in on a return

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After a long wait, the European Championship is finally underway, with one of the tournament’s favourites Germany opening the competition with an emphatic 5-1 win over Scotland.

Another favourite to win the Euro 2024 is France, who will be in action on Monday as they take on Austria. One of the talking points heading into this game is the fitness of Real Madrid superstar, Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman had picked up an injury late into the 2023/24 campaign, which notably saw him miss the UEFA Champions League final. It was thought that the midfielder would miss a chunk of the Euros as well.

Tchouameni available for France’s group stage games

However, it appears Tchouameni has made a remarkable recovery and could be in contention to feature in France’s group-stage matches.

That is according to AS, which suggests that coach Didier Deschamps is counting on the midfielder to become available sooner rather than later.

Aurelien Tchouameni will soon be available for France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Tchouameni has been ruled out for France’s opening game against Austria, the player is hoping to feature in the two remaining group matches against Poland and the Netherlands.

Up until this point, Tchouameni completed individual training sessions with France’s physical trainer. But recently, he was able to join the team’s training session ahead of the Austria game.

Tchouameni’s return could serve as a massive boost for France. Even though Les Bleus already have a stacked midfield unit, coach Deschamps is a huge admirer of Tchouameni and had backed him to get fit the moment he picked up an injury.

Deschamps, after all, did not opt to replace the Real Madrid star with another player.

France, of course, will have to proceed with caution, knowing the youngster has just recovered from his injury. But they can be hopeful of the player taking part as the tournament progresses.

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