Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are among clubs monitoring the progress of Chelsea’s 15-year-old wunderkind Emran Soglo.
Borussia Dortmund are looking to further strengthen their youth department by eyeing a move for Emran Soglo, Fussball Transfers reports. The Chelsea youngster is considered as one of the brightest prospects in the club’s academy but faces an uncertain future at the club, as Dortmund and VfB Stuttgart have already registered a strong interest.
Bundesliga has always been an appealing destination for young players looking to ply their trade at the highest level of football. And in recent years, there has been an influx of Premier League youngsters moving to Germany in search of a breakthrough at the professional level.
In fact, Dortmund is already home to English talents like Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham while current Chelsea superstar Christian Pulisic is a product of the club’s youth academy. The Black and Yellows have also been helped by Bundesliga’s change in rules that allows 16-year-olds to be eligible for the league.
It could be a massive boost for Dortmund’s academy product Youssoufa Moukoko, who turned on Friday and is tipped to make his Bundesliga debut in the upcoming game against Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Youssoufa Moukoko joined Dortmund's U17 side at 12 years old.
He scored 40 goals in his first season, and 50 in his second.
At 14 years old, he moved up to the U19s – and scored 34 goals in 20 league games.
This season? Four games. Four hat-tricks. 13 goals.
He's 16 today. pic.twitter.com/yYKIWf25dw
— Goal (@goal) November 20, 2020
Soglo could hope to follow a similar path, should he opt to leave Chelsea, who do have a notorious loan policy against their academy products. Although the club’s treatment of young players has improved significantly since the arrival of Frank Lampard, it is unlikely that Soglo will be given an opportunity to make a breakthrough at Stamford Bridge within the next few years or so.
The Blues are desperate to return to the pinnacle of European football and it has been reflected in their lavish spending in the market, with attackers like Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz joining the club in the summer. It does not bode well for the young striker, who might be offered far better prospects in the Bundesliga than at Chelsea.
Dortmund, for one, might soon brace themselves for life without star man Erling Haaland, and with Moukoko likely to replace the Norwegian, the 15-year-old will have an excellent chance of pushing for a potential place in the senior side within the next couple of years.
Stuttgart could even provide a better opportunity as the club looks to offload Nicolas Gonzalez in January, leaving Sasa Kaladzjic as the lone force in the number nine role. It is, however, fair to point out that a move to Bundesliga does not guarantee success for the young Soglo and the forward will have to maintain a level of consistency no matter where he ends up, should he leave Chelsea.