Liverpool chief Michael Edwards given chance of final masterstroke in transfer market

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Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards could pull off one final masterstroke in the transfer market before calling time on his Anfield career. Edwards, who will depart the club when his contract expires in the summer, has been tipped to broker a deal to take wonderkid Karim Adeyemi to Merseyside.

The RB Salzburg forward has burst into the limelight this season courtesy of a string of standout performances.

Adeyemi has scored 11 goals in 13 games in the Austrian Bundesliga this season and has proved to be a real handful for rival defences.

The 19-year-old has also impressed in the Champions League, where he has notched three times in four matches to help his team go two points clear at the top of Group G.

Liverpool are among a whole host of top European club who are interested in the player, with Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund also apparently keen to sign him.

And now RB Salzburg president Harald Lurzer has acknowledged that his club are destined to lose their prized asset.

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“We are aware that Karim will probably take the next step next summer,” Lurzer said on the Bild podcast.

According to Transfermarkt, Adeyemi is worth £18million, but Liverpool would likely have to shell out much more than that to persuade his current club to sell the striker following his rise to prominence.

Barcelona are already reportedly eyeing up a £31m offer, although the Catalonians are in a dire financial situation after years of overspending.

And the teenage sensation may yet opt to follow in the footsteps of Erling Haaland, who quit Salzburg at the start of last year to join Dortmund.

Adeyemi has already won three caps for Germany and found the back of the net on his debut in a 6-0 win against Armenia in September.

And he could be a Premier League star if Edwards were able to work his magic and get him to put pen to paper on a contract at Anfield.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp faces the prospect of losing Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for an extended period in January when the duo fly off to play in the African Cup of Nations.

So Liverpool could even make a move for the player in January.

A move to the Premier League could well appeal to Adeyemi, although he stated last year that he was happy where he is.

“I don’t think about it,” the striker told Transfermarkt last year when quizzed about a move away from Salzburg.

“I want to play well at Salzburg, bring my performance, and get my minutes. I want to show what I can do. Then we can see if other teams also think I am good and want me.

“At that point, we will see. My family and I are very comfortable in Salzburg, and I can develop well here.

“I decided to stay here. That was the next good step. Let’s see what comes next.”

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