Reported Liverpool and Newcastle target Daichi Kamada has reached a ‘verbal agreement’ to join Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Kamada played a crucial part in Eintracht Frankfurt’s success in the Europa League last term.
The Japanese international is out of contract at the end of the season and is unsurprisingly attracting of interest from several clubs.
A report last November stated that Tottenham, Everton and Leeds are all keen, however, it seems that the two Premier League clubs most likely to sign the player are Liverpool and Newcastle.
However, Dortmund appear to be leading the race.
This is according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who tweeted on Thursday: ‘Borussia Dortmund are closing in on deal to sign Daichi Kamada on a free transfer in June — it could be signed soon.
‘Kamada has verbally agreed a 5-year deal with BVB despite approaches from 3 more clubs.’
Prior to Romano, this was reported by SPORT1 journalist Patrick Berger, who says Kamada’s representatives met Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl this week with the German giants now in ‘pole position’.
Liverpool remain keen, despite Dortmund’s advanced negotiations.
According to Ruhr Nachrichten (via Sport Witness), there is no deal agreed with Edin Terzic’s side, who are at an ‘exploratory stage’.
Liverpool are mentioned in the report and it is said that Kamada wants to ‘at least’ double his current wage worth €2.5m per year.
It is said that the Reds should have no problem meeting the 26-year-old’s demands.
The same Sport Witness story also mentions a report from Bild, who do not name drop Liverpool but say ‘top English clubs’ have Kamada on their radar.
A move to Dortmund is believed to be possible, though the Japanese attacker is yet to make a decision on his future.
Kamada is eager to take the ‘next step in his career’ and while he has not turned down an extension offer from Frankfurt, he is very unlikely to stay with his current side beyond this season.
The 26-year-old has impressed this term, scoring 13 and notching five assists in 30 games across all competitions.
He has carried on from where he left off in 2021-22 having provided 13 goal contributions for Frankfurt in their Europa League-winning campaign.
Kamada could not help prevent his side’s disappointing 2-0 loss to Serie A leaders Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday.
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