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19-year-old German striker still on Barcelona radar

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Owing to their problems up front, Barcelona are tirelessly looking for solutions for their finishing problems. As per a recent report relayed by SPORT (h/t BarcaCentre), Barça still see Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi as an option.

Born in 2002, Adeyemi is one of the brightest prospects in world football at the moment. The 19-year-old has set the Austrian Bundesliga ablaze with his empirical finishing. So far this season he has 14 goals and two assists for his side in the league in just 17 matches. When adding other competitions, he has a total of 18 goals and five assists in just 28 games.

Barça need someone of his calibre for their long term ambitions. Indeed the Catalans have seen great promise in his performances for some years now. Given the club are on a rebuild across the board, it would make sense that they are pursuing such a player. He, much like Pablo Gavi or Pedri Gonzalez, is under 20 and can serve the club for at least a decade if all goes well.

Adeyemi would benefit from an atmosphere like Barcelona’s, however reports state that he might be looking for moves elsewhere. Several reports have stated that he would prefer a move to Borussia Dortmund. The German outfit has proven to be the place to go for talented youngsters. This would be especially beneficial for him as the Black and Yellows are set to lose Erling Haaland this summer.

The German is not the only player Barça have their eyes on. The Catalans have pursued the likes of Haaland himself, as well as Edinson Cavani who might join on an 18 month deal depending on how things pan out in Barcelona. The Blaugranas’ own pursuit of Ferran Torres might mean that they do not need Adeyemi at all, as they reportedly plan on utilising him as a striker rather than a winger. 

His market value of €38.5 million as per Transfermarkt is inviting for Barcelona. More than that of any of the players that the Catalans are looking for, who all cost at least 50% more than this. Only time will tell whether or not he makes the switch to the Camp Nou.

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