Speculation suggests Italian giants AC Milan are interested.
Japan international Keisuke Honda is ready to move to a “big club” this summer, with AC Milan reportedly interested in acquiring his services.
The CSKA Moscow star believes the time is now right for him to make a step up in his career and join a top European club capable of challenging for trophies as he continued to impress for his country in the Confederations Cup.
The 27-year-old playmaker will see his contract with the Russian club expire in December, thus making him a cheaper option in this summer’s transfer market.
Milan have reportedly made enquiries and are interested in signing the player, as they look to make additions to the squad to build on their season last year.
It is reported that the likes of Kevin Prince Boateng and Stephan El Shaarawy are at risk of being sold, which would undoubtedly create space in the squad for Honda, who would also bring some attractive sponsorship opportunities with him.
However, it appears as though the player himself has now realised it is time to move on, and has welcomed interested from top clubs around Europe.
“I don’t know where I’ll be taking the next step yet but I know I’ve got a chance to play for a big club,” Honda was quoted as saying by Japan Times, as reported by Goal.com.
“I have until August so I’ll wait and see.
“If I go to a big club, I’ll become an infinitely better player. The improvement I’ll make then will be anything but minor.
“I’m the type to soak up everything and anything in my surroundings and, if I play with better players, I’ll get better. It’s how I’ve been able to get this far in my career.”
It remains to be seen where Honda will be later this summer, but it is clear that he believes he is ready to take the next step in his career and fulfil his potential elsewhere.