Arsenal Consider Move for £9m Japanese Starlet Morimoto

Arsene Wenger takes a good look at a potential Emirates addition.

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Sports News - February 27, 2010

Arsenal are considering a move for highly rated Japanese striker Takayuki Morimoto this summer. The north London side has been monitoring the former Tokyo Verdy frontman in recent weeks and the 21 year old’s progress at Serie A side Catania has helped him force his way into the national team reckoning and the talented forward should be making his way to South Africa this summer where no doubt his valuation could increase significantly.

Now in his fourth season at the Sicilian club Morimoto has cemented a first team place at the Serie A club thanks to consistent performances that have seen the Japanese become an integral part of the club’s efforts to secure a surprising Champions League spot. The front man’s approach work has been more effective than his goal scoring tally would suggest and Arsenal are reportedly just one of many teams scouting the talented forward.

Morimoto has previously been linked with a move to Premier League champions Manchester United a few years back but a cruciate ligament injury set Takayuki’s career back a season and the interest from Sir Alex Ferguson dissipated.

Arsene Wenger is known to be looking for more striking options this summer having seen a plethora of injuries cripple his attack. The likes of Edin Dzeko, Marouane Chamakh and Carlton Cole have been linked with a move to the Emirates and with the Gunners seemingly in a solid financial position they may well look to make a number of signings in the next transfer window.

Some may feel that a move for the relatively unknown £9m rated Takayuki as unlikely but the Arsenal boss is known for his ability to pick up less recognised players and maximising their potential and making them into household names and perhaps the Frenchman can work his magic on the up and coming Japanese starlet?

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