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Karim Adeyemi produced a superb performance against Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening (Image: Getty Images)

Karim Adeyemi tipped to be at centre of transfer war after stellar performance against Bayern

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Karim Adeyemi has scored 18 goals for Red Bull Salzburg this season and has been tipped to join a European giant in the summer after a stellar European on Wednesday evening

Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi put in a stellar performance during his team’s 1-1 Champions League draw against Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening.

The European minnows almost recorded a famous victory against the German giants after Chukwubuike Adamu scored the opening goal in the first half.

Kingsley Coman spared Bayern’s blushes with a late equaliser and, even though he didn’t score, Adeyemi was praised for his glittering display in Austria.

“He was the star,” former England manager Glenn Hoddle told BT Sport.

“It was energetic, but energetic with a little bit of thought behind things. I like the fact that he has looked up twice and he’s trying to get the ball on the money.

 

Karim Adeyemi gave Bayern's defenders the runaround in their Champions League clash

Karim Adeyemi gave Bayern’s defenders the runaround in their Champions League clash Image: Corbis via Getty Images)

 

“He is always looking to go in behind with the ball or without. He has stop start ability, he favours his left but he has got a right as well.

“Give him half a yard and he will turn you. All round, he looks a fabulous player at 20 years of age.”

Adeyemi has enjoyed a sensational season for Salzburg so far, scoring 14 goals in 18 Austrian Bundesliga appearances.

He’s also found the back of the net four times in the Champions League, including a brace against French champions Lille in the group stage.

Adeyemi’s form has seen him linked with Liverpool, Bayern, Barcelona, RB Leipzig, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in recent months.

It’s believed Borussia Dortmund – who signed Norwegian ace Erling Haaland from Salzburg in January 2020 – are leading the race for the youngster’s signature.

Rumours suggest Salzburg are demanding between £25million (€30m) and £33m (€40m) for Adeyemi’s services.

“I have no tendency,” said the striker when asked about his preferred transfer destination in December.

“My mind is here at Salzburg and I’m looking forward to the Champions League with Salzburg. We want to give our all there.”

Owen Hargreaves – Hoddle’s BT Sport Colleague – was also impressed with Adeyemi’s performance on Wednesday evening.

Adeyemi is being targeted by a host of European clubs

         Adeyemi is being targeted by a host of European clubs ( Image: AFP via Getty Images)

“That young man, a lot of teams are going to be getting the chequebook out,” said Hargreaves.

“Because against a team like Bayern Munich, a team of world class players, he stepped up to the stage and at 20 years old… that is pretty staggering for such a young player.”

When asked about Adeyemi by The Athletic, former Poland international Janusz Gora said: “You know who he reminds me of, in his movements? Lionel Messi.

“The way he glides inside from the right onto his strong left foot with quick little turns.”

Gora, who previously coached the youngster, went on to say: “You could immediately see that he was special, an incredible talent, fast, good technique, explosive on the ball.

“Even though he played against grown men… he was the sort of player who decided games, with a goal or an assist. As a coach, you knew there was something about this kid.”

 

 

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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