Karim Adeyemi is currently one of the most sought after young talents in European football, as the German, RB Salzburg attacker has burst onto the scene with the reigning Austrian Bundesliga champions. He’s already worked his way into the senior German national team squad and has quickly garnered interest from a bevvy of top clubs including Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. Bayern has remained relatively tight-lipped regarding Adeyemi, as there are already more looming priorities with getting new contracts negotiated with current players that have upcoming expiring contracts.
Per new information from Bild, as captureded by Abendzeitung, Adeyemi has recently agreed on a five year deal with Dortmund. The transfer is reportedly set to take place during the next summer transfer window, but Salzburg and Dortmund have not yet reached an agreement on a fee for the transfer. His current contract at Salzburg runs through June 2024 and he is currently valuated at €20 million, per Transfermarkt.
From Salzburg’s perspective, if Adeyemi continues to perform well, they could very well try to negotiate a higher transfer fee as his valuation would increase. In that respect, there is still a lot of time to negotiate all of the fees and wages associated with the transfer fee.
Strong signals from BVB
Even though both Bayern and Leipzig were both interested in acquiring Adeyemi, Dortmund had made it clear that he was their top transfer target for the summer. Even Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool had expressed keen interest in the 19-year old, but Dortmund is signaling bold ambitions. They have also made it clear that they will try to get Erling Haaland to sign a new contract that would keep him at the club instead of selling him for a substantial transfer fee, with a number of suitors ready and willing to pay a massive sum to have him. They signed Donyell Malen from PSV Eindhoven during the last transfer window, who bares a lot of similarities to a player like Adeyemi, but it’s taken him time to adjust and integrate at Dortmund, playing second fiddle to Haaland.
Dortmund have sent all the right signals to suggest they are doing everything in their power to assemble and maintain a squad capable of beating Bayern to the punch for the first time since the Klopp era and the Adeyemi deal typifies that. If they are able to keep a hold of Haaland, and get Adeyemi, they will have top caliber firepower and depth in attack with Malen, Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard, Jude Bellingham, Giovanni Reyna, and Julian Brandt still in the ranks.