Honda appeared likely to sign a contract extension to stay in Russia last month, however since then talks have broken down and Brendan Rodgers is hoping to acquire the 26 year old on a Bosman transfer as Honda’s contract runs out at the end of the season.
Widely regarded as one of Asia’s greatest players, Honda has scored 23 goals in 96 appearances for the Russian club and for a club that has been chastised for overspending in recent seasons, the prospect of such a great talent coming to Anfield free of charge will be mouth watering for Reds fans.
Honda’s league form is not the only reason he is so special, he shone in the 2010 World Cup and has been continuously impressive ever since South Africa.
It appears that Rodgers’ main interest in Honda is his ability to play across the front line, and if he is able to properly forge a bond with players such as Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge or even Philippe Coutinho, he will prove to be a formidable addition to the squad.
Director of CSKA Roman Babaev has confirmed that the former VVV Venlo player will be leaving at the end of the season, but that he is reluctant to let him go:
“We tried to extend his contract, but we can’t force him. It is up to him what happens next.”
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