Report: Chelsea sends in formal bid for 22-year-old FC Tokyo striker

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FC Tokyo star Yoshinori Muto could be making a big Premier League move if Chelsea gets its way.

The Stamford Bridge club has reportedly bid around $6 million for the 22-year-old Muto, who has scored 16 times in 37 appearances for the J-League club, as well as once in 11 appearances for Japan.

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FC Tokyo president Naoki Ogane is at the center of the claims.

From The Daily Mail:

Ogane claims that Chelsea’s interest in Muto is not connected to the £200million sponsorship deal they signed with Japanese company Yokohama Rubber in February.

Speaking to Sports Nippon, Ogane 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 admits that he isn’t sure if he will join the Premier League title chasers despite being pleased with their bid.

He said: ‘I have not decided yet at all. It is an honour for me to receive this offer from a great club.’

The report points out that Ogane says the interest has nothing to do with Chelsea’s new shirt sponsorship deal with Yokohama Rubber, which isn’t really relevant even given the big business world of soccer. If Chelsea had plopped an American company on its shirt and then bid for Bill Hamid, would anyone need that connection?

Anyway, if the deal doesn’t work out, Muto has his economics degree to fall back on, having just completed college two weeks ago.