NEWCASTLE will bid to tempt German rising star Youssoufa Moukoko into a summer move on a free.
But Barcelona believe they are favourites to land the 18-year-old forward, who became his country’s youngest ever World Cup player in Qatar.
Borussia Dortmund want Moukoko to sign a new deal but for £60,000 a week — compared to £85,000 he could get at Newcastle or Barca.
Toon have not spoken directly to the youngster but boss Eddie Howe wants him on board.
Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl said: “We would like a decision quite promptly. It is important for all parties to have clarity.”
The teenager has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as well as Barcelona.
Man City, PSG and Real Madrid have also monitored him in the past.
Moukoko has been consistently impressive at Dortmund and has contributed 11 goals and eight assists in 59 appearances for Dortmund
The attacker also became the youngest professional footballer in 2020 at the age of just 16.
The Dortmund man’s contractual situation suits Newcastle who are looking for affordable deals in the window.
The Magpies are currently targeting free transfers in an attempt to bolster their squad while remaining within Financial Fair Play regulations.
The club are looking to land a Champions League place after their extraordinary turnaround under Howe.
The club currently sit 3rd in the table ahead of the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool.