Barca swoops for Nigerian whiz kid

first_imgRelatedPosts Kluivert returns to Barca  Liverpool wants Karim Adeyemi  Ghana: Five coaches shortlisted for Black Stars job Barcelona are set “to make January swoop” for 17-year-old Salzburg wonderkid Karim Adeyemi to continue their youth revolution.The youngster, born in 2002, has scored five goals in nine Austrian second division games for the Salzburg side feeder club FC Liefering and has reportedly been personally requested by Patrick Kluivert, academy director of FC Barcelona.The German underage international, who has also assisted on four occasions, has been compared to current Blaugrana prospect Ansu Fati.Reports claimed that Barcelona have confirmed to them their interest in Adeyemi.They say the forward, who is of Nigerian origin, could cost nearly £7million after Salzburg already dished out £3 million to German club SpVgg Unterhaching to secure his services in 2018.The Catalan club view the sum as very high for a young teen but are convinced by his talents after Kluivert made club directors aware of him.Like Fati, he is a centre forward who can also play on the right and left, and has already impressed for Germany at under 16 and under 17 levels, scoring two times and three times respectively, in six and seven games.Despite playing for the feeder club, Adeyemi trains with the senior side before dropping back down to play in the second division.He would fit into the current “operacion futuro” – or operation future –  currently being undertaken at the Nou Camp.Ernesto Valverde has handed debuts to 14 La Masia graduates since taking over as first team coach in 2017 and has ramped up his renovation plan, partly due to injuries, this season.The former Bilbao boss has already deployed the likes of Ansu Fati, 16; Carles Perez, 21; Ronald Araujo, 19; and Jean-Clair Todibo, 19, this season – a clear statement of Barcelona’s intent to bring through top youth talents.Tags: Karim AdeyemiPatrick Kluivertlast_img


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