Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Daichi Kamada is all set to depart at the end of the season, when his contract expires. And, Barcelona are understood to be keeping tabs on the Japanese international’s situation.
This claim comes from Florian Plettenberg of Sky Germany, who states that Kamada now prefers a transfer to Spain despite having heavily been linked with a move to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
Kamada has been on the books at Eintracht Frankfurt for close to six years now and has made close to 170 appearances for the German outfit.
The Japanese attacking midfielder has had a solid campaign so far, producing a tally of 13 goals and five assists from 36 appearances across all competitions.
Kamada was part of the Eintracht Frankfurt team that beat Barcelona in the UEFA Europa League last season on their way to lifting the trophy.
The 26-year-old is capable of playing as a No. 10 or a No. 8 and has shown that he can chip in with valuable goals from the midfield, something that the Barcelona side can use.
Barcelona have been linked with a Bosman move for Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan to strengthen their midfield unit ahead of next season.
While the German international brings in a lot of experience, his age and salary could become a concern. Kamada could, thus, be an interesting alternative for the Catalan giants to consider.
The Japanese international is now understood to prefer a move to Spain as well, which could boost Barcelona’s chances of signing him, although Atletico Madrid are also said to be interested in his services.
For now, though, the Blaugrana are just monitoring Kamada and it remains to be seen if it translates into a formal approach in the coming weeks.