Leicester City are looking into the potential signing of RB Salzburg striker Chukwubuike Adamu for the summer – as are Southampton, according to a report.
Chukwubuike Adamu plays for Salzburg in Austria, which is also the country he represents at international level despite being born in Nigeria. He developed in Salzburg’s feeder team Liefering and on loan with Swiss side St Gallen before becoming a senior player for his parent club this season.
It has been a breakout year for the 20-year-old. The centre-forward has scored five goals from 22 Austrian Bundesliga matches. In addition, he has scored once from eight Champions League appearances, the goal coming against Bayern Munich.
His form on the stages of Austria and Europe is attracting a few clubs. According to the Daily Mail, Leicester are the latest to become keen.
They have a good track record in the transfer market of plucking promising talents from where others may not be looking. Adamu could be the next within their strategy if things develop further.
The Foxes signed a striker from Salzburg last summer, when they acquired Zambia international Patson Daka. He has scored 10 goals in all competitions for them so far.
Now, they are back on the same hunting ground as they eye Adamu.
But Leicester are up against Southampton for his signature, in addition to Monaco, Marseille and certain clubs in the German Bundesliga.
If he were to join Southampton, he would be working under fellow Austrian, Ralph Hasenhuttl. Saints have also made a signing from Salzburg in the past 10 years; Sadio Mane turned out to be a very smart addition.
Therefore, they would be hoping history could repeat itself with Adamu. There is a long way for the youngster to go yet in his career. But he could take the next steps with either Leicester or Southampton if he feels ready for the Premier League.
Salzburg set Chukwubuike Adamu price
For the time being, his contract with his Austrian employers runs until 2025.
Salzburg reportedly value him in the region of £15m. Southampton have spent that amount or more on 10 players across their history; Leicester have done so on 16 occasions.
Although the Foxes have been in Europe this season, it looks like their best bet of getting into continental competition next term would be by winning the Europa Conference League. Southampton, in contrast, are in mid-table after a steady season.
In Salzburg’s case, the Austrian title looks likely, which would put them in the group stages of the Champions League.
Therefore, there could be several factors for Adamu to weigh up when deciding where he wants to be playing next season.