Red Bull Salzburg have named the transfer fee clubs will have to pay to sign starlet Karim Adeyemi.
Adeyemi is one of the brightest talents in European football, with several clubs trying to pry him away.
Adeyemi’s rise to the top
Born in Germany, Adeyemi joined the Bayern Munich Academy in 2010, aged just eight years old.
Having left the Bundesliga giants amidst an ugly contract dispute, the forward signed for SpVgg Unterhaching. From there, he joined Red Bull Salzburg in 2018.
Initially signing a three-year contract with the Austrian side, Adeyemi struggled to impress in the first-team set-up.
Forced to endure a lengthy loan spell with Salzburg’s feeder club FC Liefering, questions hung over Adeyemi’s future with the club.
However, it didn’t take long for Adeyemi to find his groove.
Adeyemi featured 29 times and scored seven goals for Salzburg as they romped to the 2020/21 Austrian Bundesliga title.
Continuing his form into the current campaign, Adeyemi has already netted 18 times in 31 appearances for Salzburg.
A chunk of those goals have come in the Champions League, where the 20-year-old netted three times for Salzburg during the group stage.
Adeyemi’s performances are catching the eye of prominent European suitors. His continental displays helped Salzburg reach the Champions League last 16.
What’s more, Adeyemi already boasts international experience, scoring on his Germany debut in September 2021.
Salzburg set a transfer fee for Karim Adeyemi’s signature
Adeyemi is capable of beating a defender with pace or skill. It’s no shock that so many clubs want to sign him.
With rich clubs fighting for his signature, Salzburg won’t Adeyemi go cheaply.
German news outlet Bild report that Salzburg will demand a hefty €42.5 million for the 20-year-old.
Initial reports claim the Bundesliga outfit are not willing to pay that sum. However, former BVB midfielder Ilkay Gundogan suggests otherwise:
“If the transfer should take place, all of Dortmund can look forward to this talented boy,” Gundogan said during Dortmund’s recent clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Adeyemi will not be short of potential destinations if Dortmund drops out.
Barcelona’s reported sponsorship deal with Spotify will allow them to delve deep into the summer market. The La Liga giants are on the lookout for a new forward.
Elsewhere, Real Madrid remains an option for Adeyemi, despite Los Blancos’ pursuit of Kylian Mbappe. Liverpool are also lining up a bid for Adeyemi.
Salzburg will likely bank a tidy profit wherever Adeyemi ends up going.