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.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.