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Jude Bellingham gives verdict as Chelsea transfer target speed record shows Enzo Maresca plan

Karim Adeyemi
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There's no stopping Chelsea target Karim Adeyemi, not even former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

The 22-year-old has been identified as a potential addition for Chelsea to strengthen out their attacking department and to support Nicolas Jackson and the wide players. Adeyemi is a dynamic and versatile attacker, who has been predominately used as a left winger since moving to Borussia Dortmund.

Prior to his move to Dortmund, he played mainly as a centre forward at RB Leipzig, who he left in May 2022. The Blues are said to have Adeyemi at the top of their list as talks are ongoing with the winger's representatives. Bild claimed last month that he was valued at €30million (£25.4m).

However, his potential arrival could pose questions over the futures of either Mykhailo Mudryk or Raheem Sterling. Adeyemi is best utilised on the left-hand side of the front three.

Given Mudryk's best years are still ahead of him, it is more likely that an exit for Sterling will be sanctioned amid interest from Saudi Pro League side Al-Ahli. Nonetheless, Chelsea could be getting a faster player than 100m world record holder Bolt.

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He has been recorded as the fastest Bundesliga player since records began. Adeyemi recorded a top speed of 22.7 mph in February 2022 which no other player has managed to beat.

During a 30 metre sprint, he clocked 3.60 seconds, a time that Bolt could not match. At 30 metres, the Jamaican recorded 3.78.

Previously asked about what makes him a very fast player, Adeyemi revealed: "I eat a lot of African food, but, I have good genetics from my dad, so I think it will be a little difficult for you to become fast. It's a Nigerian food called Fufu."

Former Dortmund teammate and England international Jude Bellingham also confirmed his speed. "He is rapid and we know how fast he is, he shows us all the time in training," he said.

"It's just about putting him in an environment where he feels like he can use his strengths to the best of the team. He did that there as soon as he broke loose."