DORTMUND, Germany ( Associated Press) — Goodbye Erling Haaland, welcome back Karim Adeyemi.
Borussia Dortmund completed a hectic transfer journey by acquiring German striker Adeyemi from Austrian champions Salzburg and relieving losing their top figure to Manchester City.
Dortmund and City announced early on Tuesday that they had reached an agreement in principle to transfer Haaland on July 1, pending the 21-year-old Norwegian striker agreeing to personal terms.
Shortly after, the Bundesliga club announced that the 20-year-old Adeyemi had signed a contract until June 2027 after undergoing a medical on the same day.
“Adeyemi is a very talented young German international. With his finishing ability and incredible overflow, he will be a valuable addition to our attacking style,” said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc. “After the acquisitions of Niklas Süle and Nico Schlotterbeck, we have added another great player for next season.
Sebastian Kehl, who will replace Zorc in the position from next season, stressed that Adeyemi has been a Dortmund fan since he was a child and that he decided to sign with the club despite “several offers from the best leagues in Europe.”
Adeyemi leads the scorers table in the Austrian league, with 19 conquests. He scored three goals for Salzburg in the Champions League. He made his debut for the German national team in a World Cup qualifying match against Armenia and scored his first international goal last September.
Born in Munich, Adeyemi came through the youth academy at Bayern Munich and SpVgg Unterhaching before moving to Salzburg in 2018.