BORUSSIA DORTMUND are set to name 15-year-old goalscoring sensation Youssoufa Moukoko in their Champions League squad.
The teenager missed out on the initial squad list submitted to Uefa following the closure of the transfer window last week.
But, as reported by the Bundesliga, he will be included in the B-list, reserved for young, homegrown talent, once he turns 16.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed to Bild: “Yes, it’s true. We will register Youssoufa for the Champions League via the B-list.”
Moukoko’s birthday is on November 20 and therefore could become the Champions League’s youngest player.
With rules preventing players featuring until they turn 16, the youngster may not have to wait very long to make his European bow.
Dortmund, who are the odds-on favourites in Group F with Zenit, Club Brugge and Lazio, face the Belgian champions at home on November 24 and Moukoko could be involved.
Celestine Babayaro holds the current Champions League record, having started for Anderlecht against Steaua Bucharest in the 1994-95 group stage, aged 16 years and 87 days.
Cameroon-born Moukoko has been in stunning form in front of goal throughout his time with Borussia Dortmund.
The Germany U20 forward has hit 134 goals in 86 appearances for the Dortmund Under-17s and U19s since making his debut aged just 12.
That includes two hat-tricks in his first two outings in 2020-21 and banging in SIX on his U19s debut… aged 14.
The youngster struck four times in seven Uefa U19 Youth League outings last term and was given permission to skip school to start training with the first team.
And it did not take him long to impress ‘veteran’ striker Erling Haaland, 20, who said: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 15-year-old that good.
“He’s a lot better than I was when I was 15.”
Dortmund wonderkid Moukoko, 15, shatters goalscoring records galore
By Sam Morgan and Jon Boon
IF YOU think Borussia Dortmund wonderkids Mario Gotze and Christian Pulisic were top drawer, wait till you see the latest kid coming through their ranks.
Youssoufa Moukoko, their 15-year-old sensation, is currently the hottest prospect in Germany – shattering Bundesliga goalscoring records at U17 and U19 levels in consecutive seasons.
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