Newcastle United: Magpies ‘keeping tabs’ on Daichi Kamada
Newcastle United are reportedly ‘keeping tabs’ on Frankfurt midfielder Daichi Kamada ahead of a potential move as a free agent in the summer.
The Lowdown: Kamada profiled
Kamada is establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe, ranking in the 99th percentile for non-penalty goals, as well as in the top 10% of all midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues for the likes of assists, touches and progressive passes received per game (FBRef).
His contract at Frankfurt is up in the summer, meaning that he can leave on a free transfer once it expires.
With a market value of just under £30m, Kamada is sure to attract plenty of interest as a free agent.
The Latest: Newcastle ‘keeping tabs’
Co-writing for 90min, transfer expert Graeme Bailey says that Newcastle are among a number of clubs that are ‘keeping tabs’ on Kamada’s situation at Frankfurt ahead of a possible move this summer.
Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are also doing the same, while FC Barcelona, PSG and Borussia Dortmund are also thought to be interested in his signature.
The Verdict: Smart business
The St. James’ Park outfit may be tempted to splash the cash in the summer, but signing Kamada on a free transfer would be a really smart piece of business.
Lauded as a ‘joy to watch’ and an ‘incredible talent’ by journalist Josh Bunting, the Japan International was instrumental in Frankfurt’s UEFA Europa League win last campaign, five goals and making one assist as he started all but one match (Transfermarkt).
He has taken that fine form into this season, netting 13 times and supplying 5 assists in total across all competitions so far (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, with Jonjo Shelvey allowed to go to Nottingham Forest in January, Kamada would be perfect to slot straight into the squad for next term.