Youssoufa Moukoko has renewed his contract with Borussia Dortmund. The Black and Yellows announced the deal ahead of the crucial Bundesliga game against Augsburg. The new contract will run until 2026. The 18-year-old striker was set to become a free agent this summer and has been heavily linked with a move away from Dortmund. These speculations can now be dismissed.
Regarding salary, the new deal puts Moukoko in the same category as teammate Karim Adeyemi. Bild reports suggested that Moukoko would earn up to $6.6 million a season. Ruhr Nachrichten believes the salary is around $3.3 million, plus $3.3 million in add-ons. Meanwhile, Transfermarkt reported that Moukoko would earn around €5.5 million ($5.9 million). Reports in Germany also suggested that Moukoko received an $11 million signing bonus and that his agency received another $5.5 million rather than the usual 10% of the player’s salary.
“Youssoufa is an extraordinary player that we have developed ourselves and in whom we see enormous development potential,” sporting director Sebastian Kehl said in a club statement. “I am happy that we were able to convince Youssoufa before the start of what will be such an important second half 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 Europe’s biggest clubs recently, including Newcastle United, Chelsea and Barcelona. Newcastle reportedly offered a deal with a signing bonus in the region of €30m ($33m).
“It’s no secret that I feel comfortable at BVB,” Moukoko said in a club statement. The striker also added that there had been significant interest from other clubs. , it is a decision of the heart. The fans have always supported me and I want to give something back to them and to the club as well.”
Despite the offers, Moukoko’s camp has always preferred to stay in Dortmund. In fact, the striker’s agency, Wasserman, used the rumor mill to maximize Moukoko’s Black and Yellows contract, using interest from other clubs to ensure the striker would see his demands met.
With Moukoko and his agency trying to maximize business in Dortmund came the usual noise from the press. Rumors of the striker demanding around €8 million ($8.8 million) circulated in the German press.
At one point, Moukoko took to social media to counter press reports that he was demanding a significant pay raise. “Don’t believe everything in the papers,” Moukoko wrote in an Instagram post in December. “I know this is all part of the football business, but even though I’m young, I’m not going to let myself be pressured into making a decision about my future. I will not accept lies about myself.”
For the Moukoko camp, it was never about a potential mega-deal with Dortmund or another club. The striker knows his development is best served by staying in Dortmund, where he is guaranteed playing time. Instead, it was about receiving a salary similar to that of Adeyemi and Anthony Modeste, who is on a €6 million ($6.6 million) contract.
By signing a new contract, Moukoko now earns what he believes is his current market value. Dortmund, however, also wins. The striker has been directly involved in 12 goals in 22 games this season and has done a fantastic job filling the gap left when Sébastien Haller was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this season.
Sporting director Kehl has signed the club’s top talent to a new long-term deal, ensuring Moukoko does not leave on a free transfer. He did all this without jeopardizing the club’s salary structure. It’s the usual win-win situation, especially as the deal was struck before Dortmund returned to action after a lengthy winter break.
Manuel Veth is the host of Bundesliga Gegenpressing Podcast and Area Manager USA at Transfermarkt. He has also been featured in the Guardian, Newsweek, Howler, Pro Soccer USA and numerous other outlets. Follow him on Twitter: @ManuelVeth