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PSG in ‘pole position’ to land Liverpool target with shock fee revealed

Karim Adeyemi

French titans Paris Saint-Germain have moved ahead of Liverpool in the race for an attacking starlet, as per reports.

Both Champions League teams are eyeing new centre-forwards but for different reasons. PSG need to replace French international Kylian Mbappe. The goalscorer is refusing to sign a new deal and is expected to join Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer.

PSG scouts are searching hard to find a suitable replacement. They want a player with bags of potential who will also be able to net plenty of goals right from the start.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are worried about the long-term future of their famed front three. Roberto Firmino is now 30, while Mo Salah and Sadio Mane are both 29.

While they still have multiple seasons left at the top level, successors do need to be found in the next couple of years.

That’s where Red Bull Salzburg ace Karim Adeyemi comes in. The teenager has already notched ten goals in the Austrian Bundesliga this term.

He is also adapting well to the Champions League. Goals against Lille and Wolfsburg have come his way in the group stage.

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Reports earlier this month revealed that Liverpool were closing in on Adeyemi. Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the star after he broke into the Germany squad recently.

However, the Reds may find it tough to get a deal over the line. Spanish outlet Fichajes report that PSG are prepared to move for the 19-year-old.

They already have an ‘agreement in principle’ with him and his agent. All that needs to be sorted now is a deal with Salzburg.

It’s claimed that just €40m (£33.7m) will be enough to land Adeyemi. That’s a low fee given the starlet’s scoring record and incredibly high ceiling.

Liverpool’s response remains to be seen. The 2019-20 Premier League champions will need to act fast if they are to get their man.

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Meanwhile, Klopp has spoken to the media following the 2-0 win over Championship outfit Preston.

Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi scored to send the Reds into the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

After the match, Klopp said: “We started quite well. Then they played long balls and they were tricky to defend.

“They had their moments. The game was kind of open. You could see we lost our structure which never helps in football, especially not tonight when you have the ball that much.

“We couldn’t create too much in the first half. Then second half I think the little change helped.

“Obviously the game for Harvey [Blair] in the first half was really not easy.

“Second half we didn’t really involve him but when you cannot train a lot together, these things happen. We decided to change things and push Neco [Williams] higher and bring Conor [Bradley] on. Both did really well and were really involved.

“Neco in the first goal, nice finish. Second goal was a bit of a strange one but Divock showed his skills in that moment. Could’ve scored a third goal, would’ve been nice but it’s not important.”

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