Liverpool have reportedly been given a golden chance to land £35million-rated Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi, as doubts continue to surround the futures of five Anfield attackers.
Jurgen Klopp currently has an array of attacking talent to call upon, especially after the Reds secured the signing of exciting Colombian winger Luis Diaz from FC Porto in the January transfer window.
However, first-choice forward trio Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all set to enter the final year of their contracts on Merseyside. Add to that, the fact that Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino are also expected to move on means the Reds could go from a position of strength to one in complete flux.
That’s led to speculation Jurgen Klopp will look to completely rejig his attacking options over the next 12 months.
Diaz and Diogo Jota are already on board. However, it appears that Klopp also has Adeyemi on his radar.
The 20-year-old had looked certain to join Borussia Dortmund. But reports now state that negotiations between Salzburg and the Bundesliga outfit are stalling.
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Ruhr Nachrichten claims that Dortmund are refusing to pay Salzburg’s £35m asking price for the Germany international. To that end, there is a threat that the deal could now be off.
If that’s the case then the Reds could be ready to strike, having watched Adeyemi since he was 16.
Adeyemi excels in the big games
The attacker is widely regarded as one of the top young talents in European football. And it’s the Champions League where he has excelled this season.
Adeyemi has made five goal contributions in seven European games for Salzburg and won four penalties for his side.
He is renowned for his work-rate and ability to press from the front, which is perfect for a Klopp team.
Adeyemi can also play all three positions across the frontline, with his former coach Marc Unterberger clearly a big fan.
He told First Time Finish: “He is a player who can win games. No matter against whom and no matter at what time. He is always maximally focused when it comes to points.”
At £35m, Adeyemi could represent outstanding value, although much now depends on what happens with the likes of Salah and Mane.