Kaoru Mitoma, 26, joined Brighton from Kawasaki Frontale in the summer of 2021. After a year of training with Royal Union Saint-Giroudes (Belgium), he joined the Premier League last season. He was replaced by Roberto De Zerbi, who was replaced by Graham Potter midway through the season, but he gradually established himself as a regular player.
The attack from both wings with Solomon March is now one of the most destructive in the domestic league, and contributed greatly to the club’s 6th place finish last season.
For the first time in the club’s history, they qualified for European soccer. The Japanese winger, who has been growing rapidly along with the team, is receiving keen attention from powerful clubs.
According to 90min, Liverpool, Manchester City, Barcelona, and Napoli are all interested in the player, who is under contract until 2025, and are keeping a close eye on him at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton are looking to extend his contract, and negotiations are moving forward, but so far no agreement has been reached. Last season he finished with 10 goals and 8 assists in 41 games, and this season he is on pace to surpass that number.
Ideally, if the player can score more goals and become a winner even in difficult games, he will be in contention not only with Liverpool and Manchester City, but also with the best clubs in the top flight.
On the other hand, it is unlikely that Liverpool will make a move for the Japanese winger. The left wing is overstaffed, with Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo, and Darwin Nunez, four players who can play, and the highest priority reinforcement point up front is the “right” winger.
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