What is Karim Adeyemi worth to Liverpool? The Reds reportedly want the young forward.
We finally have a proper price-tag on Karim Adeyemi. Sky Germany report that the 19-year-old will likely leave RB Salzburg in 2022 for between £25m and £35m.
They also claim that Liverpool have repeatedly asked about Adeyemi and could make a move. The question, then, is what is the striker worth to Liverpool?
Is Karim Adeyemi worth £30m?
The first question is whether Adeyemi is worth this in the first place. After all, he’s a teenager without too much elite football under his belt, playing in the Austrian Bundesliga.
With that in mind, you’ve got to take his numbers with a pinch of salt. Adeyemi already has eight goals in the Bundesliga this season, with another two coming from the spot in the Champions League.
What undoubtedly works in his favour, though, is that Erling Haaland also boasted incredible numbers as a teenager for Salzburg. Clubs know full well that the goals can translate up a level with the right player.
His performances in the Champions League are very encouraging, too. Adeyemi has won four penalties in two games as defences struggle to contain his pace and movement. These are good defences, too – Sevilla and Lille.
This would all look pretty impressive if Adeyemi were 22. But he’s still only 19 and earning Germany national team call-ups.
For the right club, he’s definitely worth over £30m. And we’re calling him a £30m player for one good reason – his reputation will bring enough competition to drive up that price.
It’s difficult to believe that a club could come in and pay Salzburg’s low-end figure. This one will take a bidding war.
Is Adeyemi worth it to Liverpool?
Adeyemi is a player Liverpool know. The Athletic says he was briefly on trial with the club back in 2016, but the eventual fee was too high.
They’ve kept an eye on him, though. Goal say there’s been a real interest since 2018 and now Liverpool are ready to act on it.
But is he worth £30m to Liverpool? That one depends on the long-term planning. There are currently several very exciting teenagers at the club and Adeyemi would fit in wonderfully well.
You can see him leading the line with Kaide Gordon to his right, Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones behind him. There’s a lot of talent there – and a lot of attacking energy.
But we’re talking about signing him in 2022. Are Liverpool ready to invest £30m into that plan? To effectively say ‘this is our future striker and we’re sticking with him long-term’? He may not reach the expected level for another four or five years.
The upside is obvious. If all of those young players reached their potential and peaked together, Liverpool would have an outrageously good team. But again, that may not happen for some time.
It all depends on whether the current starting forwards can keep going until the next-gen are ready. And honestly, we think that’s a chance worth taking.
Adeyemi looks really special and Liverpool could end up with a superstar here if all goes right. And when you add in the other youngsters already at the club, the future couldn’t look brighter.
That’s worth a gamble, in our eyes. Maybe Liverpool could sign someone a little more ready for the right now but we’re not sure they’d have the same potential.
A £30m risk is probably worth taking to have a shot at an incredible team.