Xavi Hernandez Has Reportedly Identified His First January Transfer Target As Barcelona Boss, In The Shape Of Karim Adeyemi

Liverpool have been linked with an interest in the Red Bulls Salzburg forward and Germany international, but Barcelona have now joined the race – although Borussia Dortmund remain the most likely club to sign the 19-year-old.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, Bundesliga giants Dortmund are the frontrunners to sign the young forward, who is having a superb campaign in Austria with 11 goals in 13 top-flight appearances.

The teenager has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in Europe for his glittering form and Xavi is said to be a big admirer of the three-time Germany international.

The Barca boss, who returned to Camp Nou after six years earlier this month, wants to make land the forward in January and the club are said to be preparing a £33.8million bid for the player.

Adeyemi has also been linked with Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich but the most advanced interest is from Dortmund, who have developed the careers of blossoming young talents such as Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho in Germany.

The youngster hit seven goals in his breakthrough campaign last term but has already surpassed that tally this season, and it’s only November, as he currently sits top of the league’s scoring charts with 11 strikes.

He was called up by Hansi Flick to the German national team in September, coming on as a late substitute and scoring the team’s last goal in a 6-0 rout of Armenia.

But Adeyemi will not be the first dime to come out of Salzburg’s ranks.

The Austrian club unleashed the machine that is Erling Haaland on the world in 2019 when the Norwegian goal-scoring machine set the Champions League alight.

The 21-year-old smashed up the competition with eight goals in six games in Liverpool’s group, before joining Dortmund for £20million in the winter transfer window in 2020.

Salzburg also discovered African gems in the shape of Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, who were both plying their trade in France, while Takumi Minamino also joined the Reds after catching Jurgen Klopp’s eye.

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