Borussia Dortmund are all but certain to lose their primary striker Erling Haaland in the summer transfer window. The 21-year-old is on the radars of several top clubs across Europe including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City.
The Premier League champions have been touted as the favourites to sign Haaland in the summer, which would leave a gaping hole in the Dortmund frontline.
The Black and Yellows are already lining up replacements for the Norwegian international and have narrowed in on Red Bull Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi as their preferred target.
The 20-year-old German is enjoying a fine campaign in Austria, having bagged 19 goals and four assists in 36 games. It was believed that negotiations between Dortmund and Salzburg were in advanced stages over a deal for Adeyemi.
However, a recent report from BILD (h/t SPORT) has claimed that there are a few issues that still need to be ironed out, which has led to a standstill in talks.
Indeed, the Austrian giants have issued an ultimatum for Dortmund to make a firm offer for their prized asset and finalise an agreement by the end of Easter week next month or kiss goodbye to their hopes of signing the German international.
This development has piqued the interest of Barcelona and Real Madrid, who are both keeping a close eye on the situation surrounding Adeyemi.
Both the La Liga clubs have previously expressed an interest in the 20-year-old striker but had given up their pursuit as he seemed to be headed for Dortmund. However, the latest complications have opened the door for Barça and Madrid to consider a swoop for the forward.
However, the report adds that the deadline stipulated by Red Bull Salzburg would not just apply to Dortmund but to any other club interested in signing Adeyemi.
So, along with the German giants both Barcelona and Real Madrid will have until mid-April to act on their interest in the 20-year-old.