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Chelsea keen on signing Dortmund’s Karim Adeyemi but there is a major stumbling block

Chelsea are seriously interested in signing Borussia Dortmund attacker Karim Adeyemi this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The Blues are keen on reinforcing the attack and are eyeing a swoop for the German international. BVB want £35 million, but it will not be a problem for the Premier League club.

However, there is a major stumbling block opposing the deal. Adeyemi wants to play for a club which can offer Champions League football, but the Blues are in the Europa Conference League.

The former RB Salzburg striker had a frustrating campaign blighted by ceaseless injuries that affected his form and rhythm. He bagged just three goals and one assist in 21 Bundesliga appearances.

Adeyemi netted twice in the Champions League, but his European campaign will be remembered more for his misses in the final against Real Madrid despite an electric performance.

If the 22-year-old can stay fit, he is a potent attacking weapon for any side with his pace and devastating runs behind the opposition defence.

Chelsea have shown a willingness to take a punt youngsters yet to hit their prime and might be about to repeat the trick with Adeyemi.

Adeyemi is not worth the punt

Adeyemi’s basic numbers should tell Chelsea he isn’t worth the fuss. But the same can be said for several of the club’s signings over the past two seasons.

His statistics are not so different from Mykhailo Mudryk. If you search Fbref for the most similar player to Adeyemi, Mudryk’s name pops up first.

Chelsea would be better served spending top dollar on Nico Williams. He is a better all-round player than Adeyemi and Mudryk and is worth the punt.

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