Japanese striker Takuma Asano has confirmed that Arsenal have approached him about a move to the Emirates.
The 21-year-old, who plies his trade for reigning J-League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima is a full international with one goal in five appearances to his name. He’s also set to be part of his country’s Olympic football team at the Rio 2016 Games.
“And if I go, I do have an idea of what it would be like…If I am loaned elsewhere, my take on it is that I give it 100 percent”
Asano is understood to have other offers on the table from Switzerland and Germany but obviously seems keen on trying his luck under the tutelage of Japanese-speaking Arsene Wenger.
It looks like work permit issues could see him loaned elsewhere in Europe, as was the case with Ryo Miyaichi, who left the Gunners in 2015 after four injury-hit years at the Emirates.
A fee in the region of £3 million has been mooted; a figure that hardly represents a risk in the modern era, especially with the marketing opportunities that Asano could possibly open up in the Far East.
Granted, that makes us sound cynical, however, when you look at how Ryo, and predecessor Junichi Inamoto, were used by us it’s not hard to reach such a conclusion.
Quotes courtesy of journalist Shintaro Kano.