Reports today has suggested that Arsenal has been linked to young Japanese forward, Takuma Asano. The 21-year-old is moderately crisp in everybody’s psyche, as this is the first run through the dominant part of fans have known about him.
In any case, the move does not appear to be outlandish under Arsene Wenger, as he has already ventured into the young Asian associations to filter out players to convey to North London. Sadly, these players included Park Chu-Young and Ryo Miyaichi, who neglected to truly pick up an outstanding toehold in England.
Arsene Wenger is known to get youngsters from Asia, who are very cheap and sometimes break into the squad but they do not last long with the Gunners, but Arsene seems to make profit anytime he lets them go. Could these be another of it?
From what we can assemble, the 21-year-old was named the J-League Young player of the year, and has four international cap for his country in which he has scored once. In January, he is believed to have declined a £2.1million move to German side Augsburg, thus would cost upwards of around £4million if he is to move to the Emirates this summer.
Japan Times reports that an agreement has not been struck though:
‘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
Asano is a short (5ft 7′) striker with a high work rate. He can play as a second striker or as the uttermost forward. Asano has especially awed in the Asian Champions League scoring three goals in four appearances. Conversing with local people who know the player, it appears he has a ton of potential, however he is not yet the finished player and there are question marks in the matter of how he’ll adjust to English football.
As reported by Fresh Arsenal, Asano could start off as an U21’s player in the Arsenal team while he grows to break into the senior squad with time.
In spite of the fact that the player has affirmed that Arsenal have made a move, it appears to be excessively untimely, making it impossible to reach an agreement.