Takuma Asano, who plies his trade in the J-League with Sanfrecce Hiroshima is wanted by English Premier League (EPL) club Arsenal. The London based club believes that the quick and pacy striker could develop into a world class goal scorer in the coming years at the Emirates Stadium.
The 21-year-old Asano is expected to be one of the names who will go to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The U-23 squad will be declared by Makoto Teguramori on Friday, as reported by The Japan Times.
The U-23 Japan team faced South Africa in a friendly on Wednesday, where Asano featured in the starting lineup.
Although Arsenal have made a contact with Sanfrecce Hiroshima regarding the player, both the clubs are yet to get into a full-blown discussion. Asano is considered as one of the most promising players of Japan. He is also one of the fastest players in the continent.
No fee has been officially mentioned by either of the clubs. It is believed that if Arsenal manages to sign the striker, they would loan him out immediately to acclimatize with the European football conditions. This would also help him secure a work permit.
It is not only Arsenal who are interested to sign the striker. Bundesliga club Augsburg has also shown their interest in the player. It has to be noted that the German club has recently signed Asano’s international teammate Takashi Usami from Gamba Osaka.
Asano was named the top young player in the J-league last season. He is also being monitored by Austrian club Salzburg and Swiss club Grasshoppers.
However, Arsenal will top the pile in Asano’s consideration if everything falls into place. If the Gunners are able to sign the player, then he will be their third Japanese after Junichi Inamoto and Ryo Miyaichi. The latter was let go by manager Arsene Wenger after five, injury laden years with the club.
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