Mercato Mercato: Plane tickets stalled, resumption of negotiations … OM is grilled!

Footballer almost failed, I chose journalism because it is the only profession that allows you to criticize those who have succeeded. After realizing my dream of competing in the 2010 World Cup (in the press box), I live from my passion with the transfer window and major sporting events as a second family.

In the shopping list of the president of OM, there are several players at the end of the contract. Market opportunities that Pablo Longoria would like to seize to strengthen the squad of Igor Tudor, who is heading for a new Champions League campaign. Among the files under study, there is that of the Japanese Daichi Kamada. But the good deal could turn short.

Pablo Longoria knows it, the transfer window budget allocated by Frank McCourt is not as dense as when the American billionaire arrived. Tighter, the envelope for transfers invites the president of OM to turn to opportunities at lower cost, such as players at the end of the contract on June 30. Lille Jonathan Bambathe Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka or the sparkling Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) are among the tracks studied. In Germany, the profile of Daichi Kamada also very popular with Marseille leaders. A 26-year-old midfielder and Japanese international, he has all the qualities to fit into the mold ofIgor Tudor.

The competition is tough

I’OM is one of the clubs interested in Daichi Kamadawhose contract ends with theEintracht Frankfurt to June 30. The German club has also communicated that its player will not continue following the failure of negotiations to extend it. But for theOM, this file is more than complex. Especially because the competition is fierce. Throughout Europe, we are following the file very closely. Kamada. And especially in Portugal, where Benfica has a real head start…

Benfica in pole position

In the columns ofIn Bolawe learn that the file Daichi Kamada is a priority for the leaders of the Benfica Lisbon. The Portuguese daily recalls that the discussions started in the summer of 2022. At the time, Benfica had even paid for plane tickets for Daichi Kamada and its representatives in order to complete his transfer. But at the last moment, the Frankfurt coach vetoed, taking the risk of seeing the Japanese go free a year later. Scenario that comes to life since Frankfurt will see its player leave for zero euros. And on his side, Benfica has just strongly reactivated the negotiations to sign, free, Daichi Kamada.

OM dropped?

Ready to put 8 to 10 million euros for the transfer of Daichi Kamadaand to offer him a salary of 4 million euros per season, the Benfica is very happy to see the Japanese free of any contract as the summer of 2023 approaches. The resumption of discussions has allowed the Portuguese club to position itself very early and clearly have a head start. A folder in which theOM seems well and truly dropped. The fact of having wanted Kamada last summer, and to be pushing to sign him again, allows the Benfica to grill all the competition and in particular theOM, who no longer seems able to have a card to play. Leader of his championship, Benfica has solid arguments to convince the Japanese nugget to come. The Champions League, in particular. And a promise of playing time that seems crucial in the eyes of Kamada.