Youssoufa Moukoko has renewed his contract with Borussia Dortmund. The blacks and yellows announced the deal ahead of their crucial Bundesliga game against Augsburg. The new contract will run until 2026. The 18-year-old striker is set to become a free agent this summer and has been heavily linked with a move away from Dortmund. Those speculations can now be put to bed.
When it comes to salary, the new deal puts Moukoko in the same category as his teammate Karim Adeyemi. Bild reports suggested that Moukoko would earn up to $6.6 million per season. Ruhr Nachrichten believes the salary is around $3.3 million plus $3.3 million in bonuses. Transfermarkt, meanwhile, reported that Moukoko would earn around 5.5 million euros ($5.9 million). Reports in Germany also suggested that Moukoko received an $11 million sign-on bonus and that his agency received another $5.5 million instead of the usual 10% of the player’s salary.
“Youssoufa is an extraordinary player who we have developed ourselves and in whom we see great potential for further development,” sporting director Sebastian Kehl said in a club statement. “I am happy that I was able to convince Youssoufa before the start of what will be such an important second half of the season for us that he has the best prospects at BVB.
Dortmund, in fact, had to work hard to keep Moukoko. The striker has been heavily linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe recently, including Newcastle United, Chelsea and Barcelona. Newcastle have reportedly offered a deal with a sign-on bonus in the region of €30 million ($33 million).
“It’s no secret that I feel comfortable at BVB,” Moukoko said in a club statement. The striker also added that there was great interest from other clubs. “Of course, I’m honored by the interest from other clubs, but ultimately, it’s a decision of the heart. The fans have always supported me and I want to give something back to them and the club as well.”
Despite the offers, the Moukoko camp always preferred to stay in Dortmund. In fact, the striker’s agency, Wasserman, went along with the rumors to maximize Moukoko’s contract with the red and yellow outfit, using interest from other clubs to ensure the striker would meet his demands.
With Moukoko and his agency trying to maximize the deal in Dortmund, came the usual noise from the press. Rumors circulated in the German press that the striker was demanding around 8 million euros (8.8 million dollars).
At one point, Moukoko took to social media to counter press reports that he was demanding a significant pay rise. “Don’t believe everything that is in the newspapers,” she wrote Moukoko in an Instagram post in December. “I know this is all part of the football business, but even though I am still young, I will not allow myself to be pressured into making a decision about my future. I won’t accept lies about me.”
For Moukoko’s team, it was never about a potential mega-deal with Dortmund or another club. The striker knows that his development is best served by staying in Dortmund, where he is guaranteed significant playing time. Instead, it was about receiving a salary similar to that of Adeyemi and Anthony Modeste, who has a contract worth 6 million euros ($6.6 million).
By signing a new contract, Moukoko now earns what he believes to be his current market value. Dortmund, however, also wins. The striker has been directly involved in 12 goals in 22 games this season and did a fantastic job filling the gap left behind when Sébastien Haller was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this season.
Sporting director Kehl has now signed the club’s top talent to a new long-term contract, ensuring that Moukoko will not leave on a free transfer. He did all of that without damaging the club’s salary structure. It’s the usual win-win situation, especially since the deal was made before Dortmund returned to action after a long winter break.
Manuel Veth is the presenter of the Bundesliga Gegenpressing Podcast and the US Area Manager at transfer markt. It has also been published in The Guardian, Newsweek, Howler, Pro Soccer USA and various other outlets. Follow him on Twitter: @ManuelVeth