Karim Adeyemi reportedly rejected the opportunity to join Manchester United, refusing a massive salary increase from what he is earning at the moment. The young forward always had his sights set on a switch to Dortmund, no matter the offer from other clubs abroad.
Earlier in the week, reports stated that United made an ambitious attempt to try and lure Karim Adeyemi to the Theatre of Dreams. Their attempt involved a salary offer of £150k per week. He is currently earning £7,000 per week. What a salary adjustment that would have been for the 20-year-old forward.
"According to Sport1, United tried to hijack Borussia Dortmund’s pursuit of the forward and even offered him an impressive £150,000-per-week – but their proposal fell on deaf ears. It is expected that Adeyemi will pen a five-year contract with the Bundesliga side that does not contain a release clause. (Via: mirror.co.uk)"
Counting against the Premier League club, Adeyemi had his heart in Germany already with a BVB deal nearing completion. He would not budge, regardless of how lucrative or attractive the deal was on the table, he personally told Manchester United, no.
It makes all the sense in the world why they would be targetting one of the biggest prospects in Europe today. The club has been shy in front of goal and mostly relied on Cristiano Ronaldo for their goals this season.
The Portuguese, despite being the second-oldest player in the squad at the age of 37, has scored 24 goals and assisted a further three in 37 outings across all competitions. He is 10 goals ahead of the next United player, Bruno Fernandes, who has 10 goals and 14 assists.
Manchester United’s frontline needs to be questioned
At the start of the season, the Red Devils were regarded as one of the favorites for some silverware. Adding the likes of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and the previously mentioned Ronaldo, they were received as a somewhat completed squad.
Sadly, the responsibility all fell on Ronaldo. Sancho, a shadow of his former self. Varane, battling to stay fit. And all of United’s top selection was also misfiring all season. Besides Bruno and CR7, the Old Trafford attacking line have a combined 16 goals and eight assists across all competitions.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-Min have more Premier League goals than the entire Manchester frontline: Mo with 22 goals and Son with 19 goals. Even Karim Adeyemi has more goals than any of United’s players except Ronaldo.
The young German’s tally is 17 goals and three assists in 27 games. Fewer games but a far better contribution to his team’s title-winning campaign.
A pretty bad season for Manchester United, reinforcements are required
After playing out a total of 47 games, 36 Premier League games, eight Champions League games, two FA Cup fixtures, and one Carabao Cup outing, the Manchester club has only managed 71 goals. Added to their measly goalscoring record for the season, they have failed to score a single goal in nine different matches.
This is a problem that needs solving and with new management coming in, should improve over the next season or so; that’s judging by his previous success in the Eredivisie and Champions League with Ajax.
Let us not even get started with the problems at the back and what needs fixing. That is a 1000-page write-up on its own.