Dortmund sign Adeyemi as Haaland's replacement
Norwegian striker Erling has agreed to sign for Man City
Dortmund – Borussia Dortmund have signed forward Karim Adeyemi from Austrian champions RB Salzburg on a contract until 2027, the Bundesliga club said this week, hours after Manchester City agreed to sign the German team's talisman Erling Haaland.
Adeyemi has previously been linked with a move to the English Premier League. The 20-year-old made 42 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring 23 goals.
"Karim Adeyemi is a highly talented young German international who, through his strong finishing and incredible pace, will make a valuable addition to our attacking play," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said.
He is the Austrian Bundesliga's top scorer with 19 goals this season and he has also been capped three times by Germany, scoring once.
"As soon as I heard Dortmund were interested in me, I knew I wanted to sign with BVB," Adeyemi said.
"I made the conscious decision to sign a long-term deal because I'm convinced that we're going to form an exciting team."
Adeyemi has big shoes to fill, however, with Haaland set to depart in the close-season.
Premier League side City reached an agreement to sign Haaland from Dortmund on July 1, with the transfer subject to the club finalising terms with the Norwegian striker, City said.
City did not provide financial details of the deal but German media reported that the total cost of buying Haaland in a multi-year deal could exceed €300m (about R5.1bn), including his salary, agent fees and bonuses.
Dortmund said once the transfer goes through, the club expects a "positive effect on the key earnings figures for the 2022/2023 financial year" in the range of €35m to €40m.
The 21-year-old striker's value has skyrocketed, thanks to his prolific form at Dortmund after joining them from Austrian side Salzburg two years ago.
British media reported Haaland had passed his medical on Monday, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp saying it was a transfer that will "set new levels" in the Premier League.
Haaland has scored 85 goals in 88 games for Dortmund since his debut in January 2020. He was last season's top scorer in the Champions League as well as the Uefa Nations League.
This season he has 21 goals in the Bundesliga from 20 starts, with Dortmund set to finish second in the league behind champions Bayern Munich when the season concludes on Saturday.
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