Asian 'genius' could make Arsenal or Liverpool move - meetings 'taking place'

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Keisuke Honda looks set to leave CSKA Moscow during the transfer window after his agent confirmed discussions with potential suitors were taking place.

The Japan playmaker has attracted interest for some time and now it would appear he is on the verge of a move away from Russia.

Arsenal and Liverpool are both known to have been monitoring the 24-year-old in the past and are likely to be watching developments unfold.

“Several clubs have confirmed their interest," Honda's agent Kees Pleogsma told

“My son is going to Qatar tomorrow to have a number of meetings. But, we will have to wait and see who is seriously interested in Keisuke (Honda). You never know.

“Time is going fast in the window. I really hope something can happen, but I don’t know. As I said my son has a number of meetings, but so far nothing is concrete, we must wait and see.”


Honda has built up quite a reputation thanks to his swashbuckling displays for Japan at the World Cup; some of which led Arsene Wenger to label him a 'genius'.

"This Japansese team is based on a solid and collective defence in which everybody knows exactly what to do," the Arsenal boss told Eurosport.

"When they get the ball they can give it to Honda - and the magic starts.

"When they get that genius Honda playing up front, he has shown what a top class player he is. For me he's the best performer of the competition so far."

However, Arsenal are expected to have to battle with Liverpool for his services and both clubs have reportedly previously registerd their interest in the €12 million-rated attacker.

Arsenal were initially thought to be frontrunners for Honda's signature, but Liverpool were boosted in their pursuit of his talents earlier this month when Ploegsma admitted it would be 'great' if he could secure a switch to Anfield.

Liverpool would appear to be the club more in need of creative reinforcements this month and Honda would certainly provide them with added invention.

Kenny Dalglish is known to be keen to add another creative mind to his Liverpool ranks and Honda would no doubt fit the bill.

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