Everton face defeat in midfielder pursuit with Borussia Dortmund close to agreeing deal

Borussia Dortmund are reportedly set to beat Everton to the signing of Daichi Kamada on a free transfer.

Bayer Leverkusen’s in-demand midfielder Daichi Kamada will unlikely join Everton in the summer transfer window.

Borussia Dortmund are said to be on the cusp of completing the signing of Daichi Kamada, with renowned transfer guru claiming that an agreement has already been reached.

Kamada, who plays as the most advanced midfielder and even as a second striker at times, has been in fine form for the Bundesliga outfit this season, and he has 13 goals and five assists to his name in 30 appearances across all competitions.

He also helped Japan reach the knockout stage of the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup last year, and was a part of the Europa League-winning side that defeat Rangers on penalties to write themselves in his Frankfurt folklore.

With his contract set to expire in the summer, there has been increased speculation around his future in recent weeks.

The player’s performances have not gone unnoticed either, with Everton, Tottenham, and Newcastle all keeping tabs on him.

However, it seems German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund have won the race for his signature in what will be a big coup for them.

Per reports, Kamada will earn an annual salary in the region of €5.5 million and will put pen to paper on a 5-year-deal at BVB. 

This comes as a big blow to Premier League relegation-battlers Everton, who were linked with the midfielder, and will now have to realign their radar elsewhere in their search for an attacking midfielder who can bring creativity and finesse in the middle of the park.

As such, the Blues have been strongly linked with attacking options as they remain under-strengthened in forward areas.

Another setback for Dominic Calvert-Lewin has emphasised the importance of Sean Dyche entering the market to reinforce the strikeforce.

As things stands, Neal Maupay and Ellis Simms remain the only options for the 51-year-old former Burnley boss as they embark on a relegation scrap.

Despite links with Kamaldeen Sulemana and Viktor Gyokeres, they were forced to move late in the January transfer season and ended a frenetic deadline day with no new signings.

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