Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of German national team player Karim Adeymi from Red Bull Salzburg in a contract worth 38 million euros (32.5 million pounds / 40 million dollars).
The 20-year-old reportedly turned down a number of clubs, including Manchester United, to move to Westfalenstadion.
The news comes the same day it has been confirmed that Erling Haaland will departure from Dortmund for Manchester City in a £ 51 million ($ 63 million) deal this summer.
What did Dortmund say about the transfer of Adeyemi?
Adeyemi is leaving for Dortmund after a stellar season for Austrian champions Salzburg, where he has scored 22 goals.
His performances also earned him his first senior appearance for Germany, scoring on his debut in a 6-0 win over Armenia in a qualifying match for the World Cup in September.
Speaking about that move, Adeyemi, who played youth football in Germany before joining Salzburg in 2018, said: “As a little boy, I was fascinated by black-and-yellow football, which is evolving rapidly. So it quickly became clear to me that I wanted to move to BVB when I found out about Dortmund’s interest.
“I deliberately signed in the long run because I am confident that we will be an exciting team that, with the support of fantastic Dortmund fans, will be able to play and win titles in the medium term.”
Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl added: “Following the transfer of Niklas Sule and Nico Schlotterbeck, we have another very exciting player in Karim Adeyemi for the upcoming season.
“By the way, the one who has a high BVB affinity, whose heart was already beating for the black and yellows as a young man and who decided against many offers from the top European leagues so that he could play for Borussia Dortmund.
“His speed and threat of goals are impressive, and although Karim is already very far away in football and athletics at the age of 20, we see huge development potential in him.”
What did Salzburg say about Adeyemi’s departure?
Salzburg praised Adeyemi for achieving “extraordinary things” during his stay at the club and wished him luck in the future.
“I still remember very clearly when Karim came to us. He was a young, fun and decent guy with tremendous talent,” said sporting director Christoph Freund.
“As a player, he developed tremendously in four years with us and experienced extraordinary things with us.
“As a guy, however, Karim has remained the same, his nature has hardly changed to this day and he is still the same down-to-earth, good guy who is extremely popular everywhere – either in the team or among the fans.
“We are leaving a great person and a footballer and we wish him all the best and a lot of success in his future career.”