Frankfurt and Mainz interested in signing free-agent Kownacki
By Peter Vice @ViceytheSS
Sky Germany reports that, some three seasons after playing in the top flight with Fortuna Düsseldorf, Polish striker Dawid Kownacki might get picked up by a top division side after the current campaign concludes.
|Dawid Kownacki.||Photo: Roger Gor, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0|
Florian Plettenberg of Sky Germany, while actually getting Kownacki's assist total wrong, reports that Eintracht Frankfurt and FSV Mainz 05 are already angling for the player's services. The rumor does make logical sense in that both Frankfurt (likely to lose Rafael Santos Borré) and Mainz (possibly having to cope with Jonathan Burkardt's departure) will want to snap up at least one striker on a free this offseason.
Once considered a very hot commodity after scoring six Serie A goals early in his career, Kownacki joined Düsseldorf first on loan and then permanently on a €6.75 transfer from Sampdoria Genoa. He has four Bundesliga goals to his credit in 30 top-tier appearances during two seasons spent playing for the NRW club in the Bundesliga.
Following Düsseldorf's relegation at the end of the 2019/20 season, he's cobbled together two reasonably successful seasons in the 2. Bundesliga and enjoyed some success out on loan to Lech Poznan in his native Poland during the latter half of the 2021/22 season. Plettenberg notes that other unspecified Bundesliga clubs are also interested in him.
X News #Kownacki: 7 Tore & 7 Assists in 19 Pflichtspielen in dieser Saison. Free Agent 2023! Gespräche mit Mainz (möglicher Abgang Burkardt) und Frankfurt (Borré/Kamada). Weitere Bundesligisten sind dran. @Sky_Marc @SkySportDE 🇵🇱 pic.twitter.com/xRZolvTfDH— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) December 3, 2022