Official: Arsenal agree deal to sign Japanese striker Takuma Asano
Arsenal have confirmed that they have agreed a deal in principle to bring Japanese striker Takuma Asano on July 3, Sunday.
He is currently plying his trade with Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the J League outfit in the player's homeland. The deal is subjected to medical and other regulatory processes.
A statement on Arsenal's official website read, "Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign young Japanese forward Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
"The transfer of the 21-year-old Japan international is subject to the completion of a medical and regulatory processes."
Asano is a full Japanese international as he has represented his country on five occasions since making his debut in August 2015. He has won silverware with Sanfrecce Hiroshima and will be hoping to do the same with the Premier League outfit.
Arsene Wenger’s one of the priorities in the summer transfer window was to bring in a striker. Asano’s addition will see him challenging with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott for a place in the starting lineup as Danny Welbeck is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
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The Frenchman admitted several clubs were interested in signing Asano. However, he snubbed other opportunies in order to join the Emirates club.
“Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future. He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website.
The 21-year-old becomes the north London club’s second summer signing after the Gunners completed a deal in bringing Switzerland international midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Arsenal were after Jamie Vardy’s signature as the Gunners boss wanted him at his club in order to lead his side’s strike force for the next season. However, Leicester City star snubbed advances from Wenger’s side and signed a new deal in order to continue at the King Power Stadium.
The Mirror reports that Asano will not be the only striker to arrive at the Emirates Stadium as Wenger could bringing in a top quality striker to strengthen his squad.