Arsenal have confirmed a deal in principle to sign Japan international Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
The 21-year-old striker revealed he’d been approached by the Gunners earlier this week and will complete his move once he’s had a medical.
Asano, who is due to play for his country at the Rio Olympics in August, was voted the J-League’s Rookie of the Year last season and is tipped as ‘one for the future.’
Speaking about the youngster, Arsene 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.”
It seems likely that Asano will be sent out on loan abroad, as was the case with compatriot Ryo Miyaichi, to secure the necessary work permit and to get an understanding of European football.