Mention an Asian player in Chelsea. None? It is either Asians don’t play for Chelsea or Chelsea don’t like Asians! But the coming season could have an Asian from Japan in the Chelsea team, as Mourinho has heaped praises on the team’s scouting team for discovering F.C Tokyo’s Yoshinori Muto. The Japanese has interestingly caught the eyes of the EPL winners, and they hope to bring him to the side by the summer. But there is a problem at hand, one that Chelsea is used to having and always eventually solving.
Bundesliga outfit, FSV Mainz are also keen on signing the 22 year-old as they have also offered 4 million pounds for the player’s signature. Muto is particularly keen on heading to Germany, as he can be guaranteed a starting berth, as opposed to Chelsea where competing with Costa seems unlikely. Chelsea will probably send him on loan to the Netherlands League, Eredivisie, Vitesse precisely. The player however prefers first team action to playing on loan at Netherlands and possibly moving elsewhere in subsequent seasons to start afresh.
Mourinho already stated concerning him and the deal,
“That is modern football. It is modern management. In modern management you cannot close the door to a bit of commercial interests. Chelsea will never sign a player who isn’t good enough to play for the club [but] we will also always look at Financial Fair Play.”
The blues’ main reason of wanting to sign him is due to commercial expansion reasons. This is in order to expand the Chelsea brand in Asia, a move the endorsement deal with an Asian company has already set in motion. Muto has made 44 league appearances and scored 21 goals for F.C Tokyo since joining them 3 seasons ago. All things being equal, Chelsea are a team to reckon with in the transfer market, and if they want him by summer, they will get him.