Chelsea fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are learning that their club are chasing a Japanese star after the London Evening Standard revealed they made a bid for FC Tokyo midfielder Yoshinori Muto.
It was rumoured earlier on this week that the Blues made a £4 million bid for the Japanese international.
Despite refusing to reveal the exact fee, the FC Tokyo president, Naoki Ogane, confirmed that the Premier League leaders made an offer.
He said: “It is true that Chelsea sent us an offer for Muto.”
“It is a formal offer with conditions. They want to acquire him in the summer.”
Muto has been capped 10 times by his country and has said it is an ‘honour’ to have been linked with the Blues.
But despite the glamorous offer that has been tabled by Chelsea, the 22-year-old is still deciding whether or not he should move to Stamford Bridge.
He said: “I have not decided yet at all.”
“It is an honour for me to receive this offer from a great club.”
Muto has been named in the J League’s best XI after he scored 13 goals in 33 appearances.
Punters believe the incentive behind the pursuit of Muto is because Chelsea signed a new sponsorship deal with Japanese company Yokohama Rubber.
The contract is reportedly worth £18m which puts them second behind Manchester United in terms of kit deals, and it is apparently worth twice as much as the current Samsung deal.