RB Salzburg of Austria’s Nigerian-born youngster, Karim Adeyemi has caught the attention of Barcelona of Spain, with strong hints emerging that he could be on his way to Camp Nou sometime next year, megasportsarena.com gathered.
Although still only 17, Adeyemi, who is a German youth international striker, is already attracting rave reviews in and outside Austria, such the attention from Barca is not out of place.
A report by Mundo Deportivo indicates that the Spanish club’s youth team handler, Dutch ex-international, Patrick Kluivert is monitoring Adeyemi, who has been likened to Barca current new kid on the block, Guinea Bissau-born, Ansu Fati.
While Fati is currently rave of the moment and was last week declared eligible to play for Spain at full senior level, Barcelona are now looking in the direction of Aderemi as the next whiz-kid to flaunt in their colours.
With that in mind, The Catalans are ready to sign Adeyemi for €8m in January, despite him having only joined Salzburg in the summer of 2018 and is currently playing for their feeder club, FC Liefering in the second-tier Austrian football.
Nonetheless, Barcelona stepped up their interest in Adeyemi after he romped home 11 goals for Salzburg and starred in the UEFA Youth League, during which he scored against Liverpool of England and RKC Genk of Belgium.
Adeyemi could cost nearly £7m after Salzburg already dished out £3m to buy him from German lower string club, SpVgg Unterhaching and secured his services in 2018, with huge prospects now on the rise for the lad with a Nigerian father and Romanian mother.
The youngster, who has featured seven times for Germany’s under-17 side and has three goals to show, began his career at Bayern Munich, before going on to spend six years at Unterhaching, which he earlier joined in 2012.
Born January 18, 2002 in Munich, Adeyemi moved to Austria at the beginning of the 2018/2019 season and signed a deal that will keep him at the Red Bull-owned club until May 2021, but he was soon loaned to FC Liefering, following which he made his 2. Liga debut in 90 minutes of action on September 1, 2018 against Austria Lustenau.
Before moving to Austria, Adeyemi was named by Germany’s football federation (DFB) as the country’s best junior player of the age group U17, thereby taking home the Fritz Walter Gold Medal, which had previously been won by Leon Goretzka, Timo Werner and Mario Götze.
His move from Unterhaching to Salzburg, who loaned him to Liefering, was reported by SZ in October 2018 as a huge scale transfer in German youth football, and the youngster admitted he was happy to take his first step outside the country of his birth into the world.
It is said that Salzburg paid for him a transfer fee of three million euros plus surcharges, which makes him the most expensive German youth footballer so far, while also raising fresh insight into how intensively European top clubs hunt down talent – in the hope of finding the star of tomorrow and with the prospect of a sell-on profit in future.
A special feature by archysport.com added: “It is the story of a boy who had to learn in a more family-run club, what a purposeful life path looks like. If the Munich-born son of a Nigerian father and a Romanian mother should someday solve the German striker problem, then the German Football Association could also send a letter of thanks to Manfred Schwabl.
“Schwabl, the former professional and since 2012 now president of the SpVgg Unterhaching, has recognized early in the boy something that others did not see. First, that Adeyemi is a great kicker. And second, not a bad guy.
“Until the age of ten, he played for Bayern, because of a lack of discipline, there was a dispute. He had to go and moved to Unterhaching, where Schwabl remembers a “Hallodri.” The measures have taken on the Karim fully,” says mentor Manfred Schwabl.
“Social interaction had been difficult, school had hardly interested him. “That’s why I accepted the Karim a bit,” he says. He had explained to him that without employment in the classroom for him no place with the SpVgg would be.
“Schwabl called the headmaster, followed by sessions with teachers. The agreement: If Karim does not do any homework or does not learn, he is not allowed to train. Schwabl even ordered game bans, although his youth coach was not thrilled without having to do his best.”