According to reports on social media today, Arsenal has been linked to a young Japanese striker by the name of Takuma Asano. The youngster is relatively unknown to football fans, as this is the first time most fans have heard of him.
Arsene Wenger has previously raided the Asian league for Park Chu-Young and Ryo Miyaichi, who failed to settle properly in England. The question on everyone’s lips is could this move be an economically successful one? It was later revealed that of Park Chu-Young was brought to expand the Arsenal brand into Eastern Asia.
The 21-year-old youngster was named the J-League Young player of the year, and has since played for his country Joapan 4 times, scoring just one goal. The player is thought to have declined a £2.1million move to Bundesliga side Augsburg in January, and so would be costing upwards of around £4million.
Japanese tabloid Japan Times have poured cold water on reports that a deal has been struck with the North London club.
‘A Hiroshima official said Sanfrecce and Arsenal have yet to enter full-blown discussions for Asano, one of the most promising players in Japan and one of the fastest in Asia. No fee has been immediately mentioned.’ – Japan Times
According to Sanyo News the deal is advancing at a fast pace, with Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger’s admiration for young talents being a huge attraction.
According to Fresh Arsenal, the young Japanese could initially be registered as a first team player, but with the squad looking full he may have to face life in the U21’s division until room opens up in the attacking first team areas.
He might not be the kind of striker Gunner fans are hoping their darling club sign, but Arsenal may be looking to invest in young talent up front, considering the lack of attacking options currently in the market.