Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign Japanese forward Takuma Asano.
The transfer of the 21-year-old Japan international is subject to the completion of a medical and regulatory processes.
A number of clubs were after Takuma’s signature and manager Arsène Wenger said: “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.”
Making his full debut for the Japan national team in August 2015, Takuma has made five appearances for his country and
is expected to be a part of their squad for the Rio Olympics in August.
Takuma signed for Sanfrecce Hiroshima as an 18-year-old in January 2013 and enjoyed great success with the J-League
side, making 56 appearances and scoring 11 goals.
During this time, Takuma won the J1 League in 2013 and 2015, the Japanese Super Cup in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and was
voted as the J-League ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 2015.
Meanwhile Mikel Arteta whose contract at Arsenal came to an end after the 2015/16 season has retired from football and joined Manchester City as part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff.
It’s long been speculated that Arteta would take a role at City and join his Spanish counterpart and today he confirmed that he will take up a role as part of the coaching staff.
Mikel Arteta said in his statement:
“I am now looking forward to the challenge ahead at Manchester City. The opportunity to join Pep Guardiola and his team was an amazing opportunity for me and I am incredibly excited for the future.
“Throughout my career I have always been interested in more than just the playing side and have had a passion for helping progress and developing the team outside of just my own role as a player.
“Coaching has always been something I have been keen to go into and over the past few years I have worked hard off the pitch as well as on it to develop my skills in order to put me in a position to be able to pursue a coaching role once I finished playing.
“I have been lucky enough to play under some amazing coaches and managers during my playing career and I hope to use elements of everything I have learnt from them as well as experience from my own playing career to help City achieve success.”