Chelsea plan swoop for Borussia Dortmund winger Karim Adeyemi

Chelsea are showing an interest in signing Borussia Dortmund winger Karim Adeyemi this summer.

Karim Adeyemi

Karim Adeyemi, 22, did have a subpar 2023/24 season at Borussia Dortmund, managing only five goals and two assists in 34 games across all competitions. He also spent some time on the sidelines, with a severe ankle sprain ruling him out for a couple of months over the winter. The Munchen-born star was a part of the Dortmund side that lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid in May.

Following his dip in stock in the last 12-15 months, Dortmund are understood to value the winger at a relatively modest €30m. Having spoken with Adeyemi’s representatives over a potential move to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are now reportedly planning on approaching with Dortmund. However, they could face competition from Serie A giants Juventus for Adeyemi, whose contract at Signal Iduna Park runs until 2027.

Chelsea showing intent in the transfer market

After a poor 2023/24 campaign, Chelsea decided to sack Mauricio Pochettino and replace him with Enzo Maresca as their new manager. Despite spending more than €1 billion on new players under the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership, there has been no success to show for the Blues.

The club are continuing with their policy of targeting a pool of young talents when it is evident that they need seasoned and experienced campaigners in the dressing room, especially since the departure of Thiago Silva. Since Maresca’s appointment in May, Chelsea have already signed Tosin Adarabioyo, Omari Kellyman, Marc Guiu and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, while Estevao Willian will arrive from Palmeiras in 2025.

Karim Adeyemi could be the next signing for the Blues

The Pensioners are in no mood to stop and are seemingly interested in recruiting a new wide player. The west Londoners are already stocked in the left-wing department, with Mykhaylo Mudryk and Raheem Sterling sharing the responsibility on that flank.

Sterling, who has failed to deliver the goods at Chelsea since arriving from Manchester City two summers ago, is strongly linked with a switch to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ahli. Given that Mudryk is still very young and his best years are supposedly ahead of him, it is more likely that the club will sanction Sterling’s sale this summer. That said, Adeyemi could potentially fill the English winger’s void in the squad.

Pacey, agile and unpredictable, Adeyemi could provide the Blues with a significant upgrade on their attacking options, despite his productivity tumbling in Dortmund as he has netted only 14 goals in 66 appearances. The Germany international’s movement, technical skills and versatility to play across the front line make him an appealing prospect.

If Chelsea can close a deal for Adeyemi at around €30m, it would certainly go down as one of the smartest pieces of business they have done in the Boehly-Clearlake Capital era.

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