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Liverpool have once again been linked with a top young talent they reportedly missed out on following the culmination of the transfer window in the form of RB Salzburg youngster Karim Adeyemi. The 19-year-old has been in top form for Salzburg this season with 11 goals in 15 games, attracting interest from a whole host of top European clubs.
The youngster burst onto the scene last season with nine goals in 38 games for Salzburg, acting as backup to future Leicester signing Patson Daka.
And following the sale of the Zambian to the King Power Stadium for £22million this summer, chiefs at the Austrian outfit have fast-tracked Adeyemi to the starting XI, where he has shown his gratitude by returning almost a goal-per-game.
Already a Germany international, Adeyemi is a sought-after commodity, especially having come from the profitable Salzburg academy.
Liverpool stars Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino have all plied their trade at Salzburg in the past, meaning that Adeyemi could be the next instalment of former Roten Bullen players to have plied their trade at Anfield.
And, according to Sky, Liverpool transfer chief Michael Edwards has already asked again about his availability.
The Reds were rumoured to have asked in the summer transfer window, although the Austrian side weren’t willing to entertain a sale so quickly after losing Daka.
However, Sky’s Marc Behrenback believes he will definitely leave Salzburg next summer – albeit with a hefty price tag.
“He will definitely leave Salzburg next summer. 30 to 40 million Euros are to be generated,” Sky expert Behrenbeck said.
This is an upmark on the price of former stars Erling Haaland, Domink Szoboszlai and Daka – showing that Salzburg clearly believe the German international has an even higher ceiling.
However, Liverpool could be deterred by comments made by Adeyemi in the summer over a potential return to Bayern Munich.
The youngster was released by the Bavarian club as a 10-year-old, but could have some vengeance if a move was to materialise.
“If (Bayern) made me an offer, I think I would choose that path,” Adeyemi told Marca.
“I want to show them what I can do, who I am and that it was a mistake to let me go. That motivates me.”
His coach Matthias Jaissle backed a move, with the coach saying it will be up to Adeyemi to decide his own future.
“He has almost everything a striker needs – he has a brutal quality with his speed,” Jaissle told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
“He has recently developed super, and is very down-to-earth.
“Everyone knows that he has great potential. What he makes of it will be decisive for this.”
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