Barcelona consider emergency move in January for Karim Adeyemi
Barcelona are said to be scouring the market for an emergency option to replace Sergio Aguero, with Karim Adeyemi among the candidates.
According to a report from the Spanish publication SPORT, Barcelona are eager to secure the services of a striker in the January transfer window due to Sergio Aguero’s indefinite withdrawal from the action. To this end, the Catalan giants have set their sights on Karim Adeyemi, with other options also identified.
Karim Adeyemi is widely regarded as one of the brightest young offensive players in the game today, having strengthened himself at Red Bull Salzburg for most of 2021. The 19-year-old has started the season well in course, with 14 goals and two assists in 21 outings in all competitions.
At the same time, Adeyemi also made his debut in the German national team, scoring on his debut against Armenia. His progress has caught the attention of the who’s who of European football, with Barcelona being one of his potential contenders.
Barcelona have a long-standing interest in Adeyemi, failing to sign him in 2019. The appeal only grew stronger in the next two years, with the Blaugrana Now plans to move in January for the teenage prodigy, for good reason.
The Catalan giants are desperate for a quality striker in the first-team setup following Sergio Aguero’s dismissal due to heart disease. The Argentine is sidelined indefinitely, while Martin Braithwaite is also unavailable. Thus, Luuk de Jong, who inspires no confidence since his arrival on loan from Sevilla, remains the only recognized striker of the first team.
It’s no surprise, then, that Barcelona are eager to sign a striker in the January transfer window, with Adeyemi being one of the options being considered. However, the 19-year-old Germany international could be above Barcelona’s means this winter, with the player also not drawn to the sporting project.
Hence the Blaugrana may have to turn their attention to other alternatives, with Edinson Cavani, Alexandre Lacazette and Raheem Sterling also on their list of possible reinforcements for the January window. So it remains to be seen whether Barcelona will make their choice for Adeyemi or instead look to another striker.