Man United 'failed in bid to hijack Karim Adeyemi's move to Dortmund'

Manchester United ‘failed in bid to hijack Karim Adeyemi’s move to Borussia Dortmund’ because Red Bull Salzburg starlet ‘rejected their huge £150,000-a-week contract offer’

  • Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi is in line to join Borussia Dortmund  
  • Man United reportedly attempted to persuade the Germany star to join them 
  • The Red Devils are believed to have offered Adeyemi around £150,000 per week
  • But the forward turned it down because he ‘always wanted’ to sign for Dortmund 

Manchester United failed in an attempt to hijack Borussia Dortmund’s bid to sign Red Bull Salzburg forward Karim Adeyemi despite offering the Germany international a huge £150,000 per week, reports claim.

The Red Devils are set to make huge changes to their squad when incoming boss Erik ten Hag leaves Ajax and takes over at Old Trafford this summer, and a new forward will likely be on his list of targets. 

But one player United will not be getting through the door is Salzburg starlet Adeyemi – according to German sports reporter Patrick Berger – who says United ‘tried to hijack’ his move to Dortmund with a ‘top offer’ of £150,000 per week.

Manchester United failed in a bid to hijack Dortmund’s bid to sign Karim Adeyemi (left), with incoming boss Erik ten Hag (right) forced to look elsewhere for new recruits

The player turned down that huge salary because he ‘always wanted’ to link up with the German giants at Signal Iduna Park – with his deal to join the Bundesliga side set to be completed in the coming weeks, he claims. 

Adeyemi has emerged as one of the top talents in Europe after a top goalscoring season that has seen him net 21 times in all competitions for Salzburg. 

Four of those came in the Champions League – putting his talent on the highest stage by netting against Brondby, Lille and Wolfsburg. 

Adeyemi has impressed with 21 goals this season but looks all set to join Borussia Dortmund 

Ten Hag has a shortlist of players he would like to bring to Old Trafford when he officially gets to work during pre-season and is said to have identified three key signings he can trust to begin his reign. 

With the future of Cristiano Ronaldo up in the air, Edinson Cavani set to leave and Marcus Rashford underperforming, a new striker should be one of his priorities to fire his struggling side back to the top of the table. 

It comes just weeks after reports claimed Liverpool were in talks to sign Adeyemi in the race to beat Dortmund to his signature – with Jurgen Klopp looking to replace Divock Origi, who is expected to join AC Milan this summer.

He is set to replace Erling Haaland, who is in line to join Manchester City for £63million 

But now German outlet Sport1 believe Dortmund have beaten the Reds to his signature after agreeing a £32million deal with Salzburg – with the player set to arrive on a five-year contract.

Dortmund are in desperate need of a regular goalscorer themselves with star man Erling Haaland set to join Manchester City.

Sportsmail reported last month that Pep Guardiola’s men will trigger the player’s £63m release clause and pay him £500,000 per week, which would make him the Premier League’s highest paid star. 

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