Daichi Kamada could reportedly return to the transfer radars of Tottenham and Leeds United amid his Eintracht Frankfurt contract wrangle.
The 26-year-old attacking midfielder has risen to prominence at the Bundesliga club since joining in 2017. Following a bit-part role in his debut season, Frankfurt decided to send him to Belgium on loan.
And after announcing himself with 16 goals and nine assists at Sint-Truiden, Frankfurt happily brought Kamada into their first-team fold.
What’s more, he signed a new contract with the German club in September 2020. Those terms run until next summer and despite continuing to star for Frankfurt, he has not signed a new deal.
Kamada in fact played a starring role in Frankfurt’s Europa League triumph last season. Such form subsequently attracted transfer attention from Leeds and Tottenham.
The Premier League pair instead moved for Brenden Aaronson and Richarlison, but there has been no movement over Kamada’s contract.
And according to Kicker, the prospect of the Japan international leaving Frankfurt as a free agent is quickly becoming a reality.
Daichi Kamada may leave Frankfurt
Indeed, his current employers would reportedly have to insert a number of clauses to convince him to stay. Ultimately, though, Frankfurt are struggling to convince him.
Kamada reportedly knows that he can get ‘significantly more lucrative options’ after his recent rise in Germany and across Europe.
The 19-cap international will also be free to talk to overseas clubs – such as Tottenham and Leeds – from January onwards.
Kamada could sign for a cut-price fee in the winter window, or set up a pre-contract agreement and transfer as a free agent next summer.
Given the previous interest from Tottenham and Leeds, the Premier League duo could well reignite their interest.
Reports have also claimed that Benfica came close to signing Kamada this summer, only for a deal to fail to materialise.
He returned to Frankfurt after his loan spell in Belgium with 10 goals and nine assists in the 2019/20 campaign.
Overall, he has racked up 30 goals and 30 assists for the German club in 142 outings. As well as the Europa League, he picked up a German Cup winners’ medal in the 2017/18 campaign.
Tottenham, Leeds should return for exciting attacker
All the signs are pointing towards Kamada making an exciting move across Europe in one of the next two transfer windows.
He has shot to fame at Frankfurt, helping to deliver two trophies in a brilliant period for the club.
However, Kamada is approaching his prime now and will want to cement his progress – and make further progress – with a well-deserved contract at a bigger club.
And with him likely being available for free, it is surely a no-brainer for Tottenham and Leeds to reignite their interest in him.
He previously reportedly had a price tag of £13million, which would not be a bad investment anyway. But, what would be even better would be picking up a player of Kamada’s quality on a free transfer.
His wage demands would likely not be too great given he has not yet played at a higher level than Frankfurt.
What’s more, his goalscoring and assisting qualities are there for all to see.
Tottenham and Leeds have enjoyed success from the signings they made instead. Aaronson has hit the ground running at Elland Road, with Richarlison impressing Spurs boss Antonio Conte.
Still, making the free transfer addition of Kamada to bolster their ranks would surely be a good option.