Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto has yet to decide whether or not he wants to leave Tokyo in order to play for Chelsea, according to reports.
The London Evening Standard claims that the 22-year-old forward, who has been the subject of a £4 million bid from Stamford Bridge, is taking his time when it comes to making his biggest career decision yet, and isn’t worried about keeping Jose Mourinho waiting in the process.
It’s believed the Blues are keen to land Muto in a deal that would see him transfer in July, and have been admirers of his talents since well before they signed a £40m sponsorship deal Yokohama Rubber. Mourinho has previously hinted that such agreements could naturally influence his transfer business, but it seems that isn’t the case with this particular endeavour.
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No, their interest in Muto is said to be genuinely derived from his abilities with a football, and so Mourinho might well take interest in what the youngster had to say recently.
Taking his time
“I want to think about it carefully," Muto explained.
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"Where can I go to develop? A team that suits me, where I can play and develop. I just want to take my time and think it through."
Battle for power
A forward by trade, Muto could well be acquired as a potential challenger for Didier Drogba’s position as third-choice striker. The step up in quality from the J-League to the Premier League is surely far too steep to expect him to slot into Mourinho’s first-team plans straight away, but that’s not to say he wouldn’t be earmarked as one to watch for the future.
That being said Mourinho is already sure to have big decisions to make regarding his front line, particularly if Drogba is retained for another year. Initial expectations were that the Ivory Coast international would hang up his boots at this season’s end, but recently he hinted otherwise.
With Loic Remy and Diego Costa already above Drogba in the pecking order and Patrick Bamford set to return with a degree of anticipation surrounding him after a great loan spell with Middlesbrough, competition for places in Mourinho’s strike-force will be fierce, and that could well factor into Muto’s decision over whether or not to risk moving to England.
Far more reputable players than he have failed to make the grade in the Premier League and, with just the one full season under his belt, it might be an idea for him to lay more groundwork before he thinks about the possibility of beginning a European conquest.
Chelsea fans, do you think Muto should place his faith in Mourinho? Let us know your thoughts on the potential transfer in the comments box below.
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