Although I am covering the story but I don’t think Arsenal fans would be too pleased reading this one. According to reports from Japan Times, Arsenal have made an offer to sign the 21-year old Japanese striker Takuma Asano as part of their summer transfer plans.
Gunners are looking to strengthen their forward line but are not afraid to target the lesser known players as well. However, Arsenal fans do not share the same feeling who have been craving for a big-name striker ever since Robin Van Persie’s departure.
Yet Arsene Wenger is keen on bringing Takuma Asano to Emirates after making an formal offer to his current club Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The talented striker has scored 20 goals in 75 appearances at club level and has made his senior International debut with 4 caps to him name.
Asano is certain to be named in Japan’s Olympic squad and Arsenal are keen to strike a deal before he flies out to Rio de Janeiro.
Other European clubs like Augsburg and Salzburg have expressed interest in signing the young striker but Arsenal’s offer is the most tempting one so far for both the player and his current club.
Lack of intent or lack of options from Arsenal?
I understand Wenger’s urge of filling the squad with younger players to continue club’s development but at what cost? Gunners are in a position where they need to sign couple of quality players to show their intent of fighting for the league title next season.
Instead we hear the same old stories of Arsenal going after promising players and then loaning them out to gain European experience. Same might happen with Asano as well but Arsenal fans can enjoy signings like these once Wenger is done strengthening his starting XI instead of focusing too much on youth development.