Red Bull Salzburg’s starlet Karim Adeyemi scored during his debut for Germany in Die Mannschaft’s 6-0 win over Armenia last weekend.
The 19-year-old has been drawing attention from top European clubs, but it was Chelsea who were among the first few sides to identify his potential a few years ago.
Adeyemi came up through the ranks of SpVgg Unterhaching, a fourth-tier German club, before making a switch to the Austrian side in 2018.
It has been confirmed that Chelsea were interested in the German prior to his move to Red Bull Salzburg.
SpVgg Unterhaching chief Manfred Schwabl appeared as a guest on Sport1’s program, Meine Bayern-Woche, where he admitted making a trip to London, along with the forward, to meet Chelsea officials.
“In 2018 we received an inquiry from a scout from Chelsea. He had a contract with us at the time,” Schwabl said.
“My contact with Karim’s family was very close. I then said that it would be a great story if we could look at it together on site. Then his dad, my daughter, Karim and I flew over and we went to see it at Chelsea.”
Schwabl explained why Adeyemi didn’t end up joining Chelsea back then, even though the Champions League winners were keen on signing the player.
“That was a really interesting experience and Karim also did well. He even trained with the older age group and left his mark,” he stressed.
“But for us and the parents, it was always clear that this step to the island [England] at the age of 16 is still too big. Chelsea wanted him to join the academy, but we said we wanted Karim under our own wing.”
It is yet to be seen if Chelsea will come back for the starlet later in the future as the rest of the world keep a close eye on the emerging talent.