Chelsea have reportedly made a £4m bid to sign Japanese international midfielder Yoshinori Muto from FC Tokyo this summer after their recent lucrative sponsorship deal with Yokohama Rubber.
The Blues are perhaps hoping to exploit the Asian market with this transfer, with other Premier League clubs also making similar moves for players who arguably weren’t really of the calibre required to succeed in the top tier of English football.
Still, Muto, 22, is regarded as one of the most promising prospects in Japanese football at the moment and could be worth investing in for a relatively low price as Chelsea make plans for next season.
The player himself has been quoted as saying he is honoured by the Blues’ interest, while FC Tokyo president Naoke Ogane has confirmed Chelsea’s bid, which is believed to be in the region of £4m, according to Goal.com, in what may prove to end up being a bargain if it goes through this summer.
“It is true that Chelsea sent us an offer for Muto,” Ogane is quoted as saying. “It is a formal offer with conditions. They want to acquire him in the summer.”