Chelsea bid for Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto

According to BBC Sport

, Premier League leaders Chelsea have made a bid for Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto, but the player is yet to make a decision on his future.

Chelsea’s transfer policy under manager Jose Mourinho has been to sign younger players, and either loan them out to continue their development, or potentially make a profit from them in order to fund for new deals. Yoshinori Muto currently plys his trade with FC Tokyo, but is said to be unsure about making the switch to England.

Considering the fortunes of Japanese players in the Premier League in the past, let alone the competition at a side like Chelsea, Muto faces a difficult task to become a mainstay in London. The interest from the league leaders comes at a time where Chelsea have had injury problems with Diego Costa, while the ageing Didier Drogba is in the eve if his career.

It’s unknown what the Blues’ motives are should they sign Muto, but Chelsea have only recently announced a new shirt sponsorship with a Japanese tyre manufacture, which could make them around £40M a year, so it may be commercial interests are the forefront of their mind.

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