Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of German international Karim Adeyemi of Salzburg before Erling Haaland left Manchester City.
Boyhood Dortmund fan Adeyemi completed a medical examination on Tuesday and signed a five-year contract with the Bundesliga club, which reportedly paid 30 million euros.
The 20-year-old’s arrival was announced almost an hour after City confirmed they had reached an agreement to sign Dortmund’s Haaland at the end of the season.
Karim Adeyemi becomes Dortmund’s third player before the official transfer window opens, following the addition of two defenders Niklas Sule and Nico Schlotterbeck.
“After the transfer of Sule and Schlotterbeck, we get another very exciting player next season with Karim Adeyemi,” Sebastian Kehl, who will take over as director of sport from 2022-23, told the club’s website.
“In addition, he is a strong BVB supporter, supportive of Black and Yellows at a young age, and has decided to sign for Borussia Dortmund among many applications from top European leagues.
“His speed and ability to score goals are amazing, and although Karim, who is only 20 years old, is at a very advanced stage in his development as a footballer and athlete, we still see many opportunities to do more.”
Haaland is leaving a huge gap to be filled at the Westfalenstadion, having scored 85 goals in 88 games since joining the club – also from Salzburg – in early 2020.
His replacement Adeyemi has made a significant contribution to his three seasons with Salzburg, the last two of which he was a first-team player.
He has scored 27 goals in 66 Austrian Bundesliga games and has scored five goals in 13 Champions League games.
The young Manchester United midfielder leads the way with 19 goals in 27 games in Austria.
Adeyemi’s performance in Salzburg made him Germany’s first of three World Cup qualifiers in September against Armenia, in which he scored a late goal.
And having helped Salzburg win six trophies, he now wants more success with Marco Rose’s men.
“As a kid I loved black and Yellows’ fastball,” he said. “That’s why, as soon as I heard that Dortmund was interested in me, I realized I wanted to sign with BVB.
“I have made the right decision to sign a long-term contract because I am confident that we will build a happy team that will be supported by amazing fans in Dortmund who can fight for and win titles in the tournament. for years to come.