Eintracht Frankfurt star Daichi Kamada has been tipped to leave the club when his contract expires next summer.
The Eagles are happy to prolong the Japanese midfielder’s stay, but he has opted against a renewal with a view to playing for a top club.
Kamada has become one of the most highly-coveted players in Europe owing to his excellent form in recent years.
The 26-year-old bagged nine goals and four assists last season while playing a crucial role in Frankfurt’s Europa League triumph.
He has already bettered that tally this season, netting 12 goals and four assists, out of which three goals came in the Champions League group stage.
Kamada was on target in the final group game against Sporting CP to send Oliver Glasner’s side to the round of 16, where they await Napoli.
He was also part of the Japanese national team that made a great impression during the Qatar World Cup, beating Germany and Spain in the group stage before losing to Croatia in the round of 16 on penalties.
Multiple reports have suggested that fellow Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are the front-runners and are close to sealing an agreement with the Japanese international.
However, a report from Frankfurter Rundschau states that Barcelona are also monitoring Kamada’s situation at Deutsche Bank Park.
It was against the Catalan giants Kamada put on a terrific display in the quarter-finals of the Europa League last season before going on to clinch the title.
The Japanese international was previously deployed as an out-and-out attacking midfielder. However, he has been tried as one of the double pivots this season, which has yielded good results.
Frankfurt have identified Dortmund midfielder Julian Brandt as one of the potential replacements for the Japanese international.
Brandt remains a central figure for Die Borussen, and Frankfurt must do a lot to convince him.
The 26-year-old has made 148 appearances overall for Dortmund, netting 25 goals and 28 assists.
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