• RB Salzburg's Karim Adeyemi has become one of the most sought-after strikers in soccer
  • Chelsea might have taken the lead in the race to sign Adeyemi, a report suggests
  • Blues boss Thomas Tuchel hinted at more future signings

RB Salzburg’s top goalscorer Karim Adeyemi could find himself leaving for English football next summer, a report has suggested.

Adeyemi’s hot goal scoring this season has top English European clubs interested, with Chelsea now becoming the favorite to secure his signature, Italian outlet reported.

The 19-year-old “goal machine” is expected to be pursued by big-name European sides with his contract set to expire at the end of the current season. Serie A outfit Inter Milan is keen, but the latest to “make contact” with Adeyemi’s representatives was Chelsea, the report said. International Business Times could not independently verify this information.

The approximate cost of Adeyemi’s transfer is yet to be revealed, but an earlier report said RB Salzburg will not be open to entertaining any “short-term” offers for the teenage soccer prodigy.

Prior to Chelsea, La Liga side Barcelona was also considering Adeyemi as one of its “options” as the club continues to bolster its squad under the leadership of new manager Xavi Hernandez, the report claimed.

However, RB Salzburg is likely to receive more stunning bids for Adeyemi, whose value is expected to soar, having bagged a whopping 14 goals in 21 games this season.

A recent report from Manchester Evening News also claimed that Manchester United could be tempted to make a bid for Adeyemi should the club decide to pursue a lethal striker like Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.

Karim Adeyemi (L) and Florian Wirtz (R) of Germany
Karim Adeyemi (L) and Florian Wirtz (R) of Germany Getty Images | Marvin Ibo Guengoer/GES-Sportfoto

As for Adeyemi’s stance on the subject, it appears that he has no plans of departing RB Salzburg at the moment. He previously said he's flattered by the rumors, but his “focus” for now is to play for the Bundesliga side.

"I take it easy. I feel honored [by the transfer links], but nothing more," Adeyemi previously told Sky Austria. "I have my focus here at [RB] Salzburg. We play well together. It works perfectly.”

"First of all, I want to progress with Salzburg. Then we'll look further," he explained.

Chelsea, on the other hand, might still pursue several potential signings both in January and in the summer as Blues boss Thomas Tuchel believes that there’s always a need to “evaluate” in every transfer window.

“I think every transfer period you need to evaluate again [because] your opinion changes, players change, you have evolvement in the group, you have an atmosphere that you build, you see who is absolutely reliable and these connections build up and create something special hopefully in the group,” Tuchel previously explained.