Chelsea turned down chance to sign 19-year-old promising centre-forward

The London giants tried to add RB Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi three years ago but failed in their effort to land the centre-forward, who is now a transfer target for Barcelona.

Germany international came through the youth ranks at Forstenried München and spent a couple of years with the Bayern Munich academy before returning to the former. Soon after, Adeyemi moved to the Unterhaching youth setup, where he spent six years between 2012 and 2018 before moving on to the Austrian club.

And, it is at this time that the Blues tried to add Karim, as revealed by Unterhaching’s chief Manfred Schwabl. It is claimed that Chelsea even flew the then 16-year-old centre-forward to London in order to hold negotiations, but a move never materialised.

Instead, the German centre-forward ended up signing for RB Salzburg. Immediately after signing for the Austrian club, Karim was sent out on loan to Liefering, where he did well before returning to the Austrian club.

To date, Karim has managed 17 goals and 16 assists from 60 matches for RB Salzburg, with seven of his goals coming in the ongoing season.

Adeyemi was also part of the German national team that won the UEFA European U21 Championships in the summer of this year, while he also broke into the senior team for Die Mannschaftrecently. His progress for club and country has seen Karim attract interest from several top teams across Europe, including Barcelona.