In its bid to gain a higher level of branding in Asia, Chelsea signed a record shirt sponsorship deal with Japanese tyre manufacturer Yokohama. The deal was said to have involved about 200 million pounds. Chelsea made another move, to get more popularity in the continent and opted to sign F.C Tokyo forward, Yoshinori Muto. The 22 year-old however prefers German Bundesliga side FSV Mainz 05, for reasons ranging from playing time to the home-feel that awaits him. Mainz’s striker and highest scorer in the season, Shinji Okazaki is Japanese, and about 9 Japan internationals also play in the German topflight league.
The 11-time capped Japan international is rejecting the 4 million pounds deal from Chelsea as he knows first team action isn’t guaranteed. With issues of passport at hand, he will likely get loaned to Belgium or Netherlands’ league, and that option doesn’t look like one he favors. Chelsea however won’t be losing out in their bid to invest in the futures of potential youngsters, as the transfer of Brazilian duo, Nathan and Kenedy are almost done deals. Nathan had been signed, and awaits official unveiling. The former Atletico Paranaense midfielder had been spotted training at the Blues’ training base days after passing his medicals. Kenedy is also out of his way from Fluminense, as the 19 year-old striker is being bade for 4 million pounds.
Mainz are also offering Moshi 3 million pounds like Chelsea is, and the forward who has scored 8 goals in 11 matches for the Tokyo-based side prefers Germany to England. And just like he declared earlier,
“I want to think about it carefully. Where can I go to develop? A team that suits me, where I can play and develop. I’m thinking about that, and for now I just want to take my time and think it through.”
Although he said he is thinking about it which means Chelsea still have a chance, but from all indication, the player is not going to be joining Chelsea.