Borussia Dortmund are “on the right track” to secure the precious signing of Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi, according to Sebastian Kehl.
Kehl, who will step down from licensing players in Dortmund to become a sporting director next season, has expressed the hope that the Bundesliga bulls will find talent with him being linked with Manchester United.
It is likely that Adeyemi will replace Erling Haaland, who looks set to leave Dortmund after two and a half successful years with the club.
Haaland is another Salzburg senior who has prospered in the German Bundesliga since leaving his counterpart in Austrian, with Manchester City recently appearing to be the favorites to sign the Norwegian striker on a lucrative deal.
Adeyemi is 20 years old and already a foreigner in Germany full of three caps and a three-time Austrian Bundesliga winner, so his signing will be the overthrow of Dortmund.
Kehl told Sky Sport: “The stomach has improved a week. We are on the right track.”
Recent reports in England say United are looking for Adeyemi but have been turned down by the player, who is said to have preferred to return to his home country instead of switching to the Premier League.
A talented and fast-paced striker, Adeyemi has long been regarded as one of the most promising young players in Germany, having cost Salzburg 3 million euros when he was 16 and joined from Unterhaching. Adeyemi had left the Bayern Munich youth team six years earlier.
This season, he is the leading Australian top scorer, with 17 goals in 26 games, and has also netted three goals and one assists in eight Champions League games – a European campaign that ended in a Last 16 defeat by Bayern.
While Haaland’s departure will no doubt hurt Dortmund, Adeyemi’s possible arrival continues to look like a strong BVB transfer window, having reached agreements with defenders Niklas Sule and Nico Schlotterbeck.