Leeds United are interested in a move to bring Junior Adamu to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a recent report by Sky Sports Deutschland, who claim that Victor Orta has now identified the Red Bull Salzburg centre-forward as a target for Leeds United this summer, with the Austrian Bundesliga side believed to value the 21-year-old at a figure of around €10m (£8.5m).
The report goes on to state that West Ham United, Hertha BSC, RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt are also interested in the Austria U21 international – whose current contract at Red Bull Arena runs until the summer of 2025.
Considering just how exciting a talent Adamu evidently is, it is not difficult to see why Orta is keen to secure a deal to bring the Salzburg sensation to LS11 in the summer transfer window.
Indeed, despite his tender age, the £5.4m-rated talent highly impressed over his 30 Austrian Bundesliga appearances – only 20 of which came as starts – this season, with the 21-year-old scoring seven goals, registering five assists and creating 12 big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.9 shots, making 0.9 key passes and completing 0.6 dribbles per game.
The £1.1k-per-week forward who Cherno Samba dubbed both “special” and “ice cold” also caught the eye in Salzburg’s round of 16 first-leg Champions League tie with Bayern Munich back in February, cooly slotting home Brenden Aaronson’s lay-off to give the Austrians the lead against the German champions – with the fixture finishing 1-1.
Furthermore, considering his rather remarkable breakthrough season with Matthias Jaissle’s outfit, there are clear comparisons that can be drawn between Adamu and another of Salzburg’s former centre-forward starlets – none other than Manchester City’s £85.5m summer signing, Erling Haaland.
Indeed, over the 21-year-old’s 14 league appearances during his own breakthrough campaign in Austria, the £135m-rated forward scored 16 goals, provided four assists and created seven big chances – with these metrics seeing the £375k-per-week hitman averaging a quite astonishing SofaScore match rating of 7.66.
As such, while Adamu certainly has big shoes to fill if he is to go on and replicate the impact the Norway international has had on the footballing world, it very much appears as if the 21-year-old is on the right path – leading us to believe that Orta must do everything he can to seal a deal for the 43-goal striker this summer.