Karim Adeyemi won’t go for a cheap price if new reports are accurate. Liverpool supposedly want the RB Salzburg forward.
Sport1 journalist Patrick Berger claims that Barcelona are now in the mix for Karim Adeyemi. They even have an offer in mind, in fact.
“Karim Adeyemi is a hot target for Barça,” Berger wrote on Twitter. “Xavi is a big fan of the 19yo striker. The Spanish side set to make an offer this week: 5-y-contract, fee €40m. No loan deal in winter!”
That fee would be around £33m, then, and it seems pretty clear that Barcelona would want Adeyemi in their squad ASAP. But Berger also offered a little update on Borussia Dortmund’s interest.
“[Dortmund] only able to pay €35m (add ons incl) and lower salary (€5m) – but still favorite…” said Berger.
This sage continues to get interesting, it seems, but that likely won’t impress Liverpool.
Karim Adeyemi price soars
Adeyemi has been in fantastic form this season and we’ve been incredibly impressed with him. The 19-year-old has consistently looked uncomfortable for opposition defenders, even in the Champions League.
But there was always a problem with this one. As Adeyemi continued to impress, more and more clubs would also find an interest in him. That, in turn, drives up his price.
And that’s exactly what’s happening. We called it a ‘worst-case scenario’ last month and it’s very much coming to life.
After all, reports as recent as September had Adeyemi’s price at around £17m. That has now doubled and we’re still 45 days away from the transfer window.
At £17m, Adeyemi was a potential bargain. Still a risk, of course, coming from the Austrian Bundesliga, but a player who could develop into a superstar.
At £33m and counting, he’s a massive risk. We’re talking about a teenager with four or five months of great performances, who plays the majority of his football in a relatively weak league.
We’re not sure that’s the kind of transfer Liverpool go for. We’ll have to wait and see, of course, but as things stand, we’re becoming less sure that the Reds will actually bid.