Chelsea 'Make Bid' For Japanese Striker
According to BBC Sport, Chelsea have made a bid for Japan international striker Yoshinori Muto. Reports in Japan suggest the player is undecided whether he wants to move to the Premier League.
Muto, 22, has already scored 3 goals in 4 games for FC Tokyo at the start of the new J-League season and he managed 13 last season, which earned him a place in the league's best XI. He has also just graduated from Keio University with an economics degree.
Whilst on the subject of economics, is this genuine interest in the player or all part of another Chelsea business plan? Two months ago Chelsea announced a £40m a year shirt sponsorship deal with Japanese tyre manufacturer Yokohama and are planning to increase and expand upon their outreach in Japan. Could Muto just be a pawn in a much bigger game? It's a cynical viewpoint, but one worth thinking about when you consider how Chelsea manipulate and take advantage of the market and their treatment of players along the way.