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Target raises Liverpool hopes, says ‘nothing has been decided’ despite claims transfer was done

Karim Adeyemi, RB Salzburg celebrates a goal in Austrian Bundesliga v Sturm Graz

Liverpool target Karim Adeyemi has made it clear that his future beyond the end of the season with Red Bull Salzburg has definitely not been resolved.

The 20-year-old starlet has emerged as one of the brightest talents in Europe this season. Having scored seven league goals from 29 outings last term, Adeyemi has had lift off in the Austrian Bundesliga this season. He has scored 18 goals in 29 games across all competitions this season to prompt interest from Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona are all in the hunt for his signature.

However, Liverpool’s signing of Luis Diaz last month has seen the speculation drop off.

Porto attacker Diaz Porto joined Liverpool for an initial £37m, with the fee potentially rising to £49m. Whether Jurgen Klopp will make another move to strengthen his hand in the summer will depend on the futures of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.

Both forwards are out of contract in 2023 and are yet to sign new deals. If one does depart this summer then Klopp will more than likely ask to reinvest some of the proceeds in a new attacker.

And talented Adeyemi, who has already been capped three times by Germany, will be in his thinking.

Sky Deutschland claimed Adeyemi had snubbed overtures from the likes of the Reds and Barcelona before Christmas. They reported that Adeyemi had given his word over a move to Borussia Dortmund. They stated it’s “already 95% complete.”

Adeyemi though remains calm about his future.

“As I’ve said many times, my focus is on Salzburg. Nothing has been decided,” Adeyemi said, via The Metro. “What happens in summer happens in summer.”

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Adeyemi has no release clause

And the scouts will be watching on Wednesday as Adeyemi gets the chance to go up against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

“Bayern is under pressure,” he said. “We’re motivated and want to win. We can make life difficult for Bayern with our quality and intensity.

“We’re about to play our game against what is probably the best team in the world. We have that self-confidence working for us.

Salzburg president Harald Lurzer has said he expects the starlet to move on in the summer.

Adeyemi’s contract runs until 2024, with no release clause in his deal, according to Lurzer.

During an interview with Bayern Insider (via HITC), he said: “We are aware that Karim will probably take the next step next summer. We don’t want to put any obstacles in the way.”

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