MINAMINO ON ASTON VILLA RADAR

Liverpool attacking midfielder Takumi Minamino could be an option for Aston Villa after they missed out on Arsenal youngster Emile Smith-Rowe who has signed a new deal at the Emirates Stadium. This is according to the publication from the stables of The Boot Room.

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Japan national team star Minamino signed for Liverpool from Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg at the start of last year but he has not been able to cement a place in the star-studded Liverpool forward line. The Japan international has found it hard to displace one of the front trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino at Liverpool. In addition, the Japan player still has to contend with Portuguese international Diogo Jota who signed for the Reds from fellow Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers during last summer’s transfer window.

SOUTHAMPTON KEEN TO SIGN LIVERPOOL PLAYER THIS SUMMER

Premier League club Southampton have sent a message to Liverpool that they are willing to do business with them as they aim to complete a permanent transfer of their player Takumi Minamino. The Saints took the Japanese international star on loan last season and the player was allowed to express himself on the pith by being awarded more games than he could ever have played if he remained at Anfield.

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Reds manager Jurgen Klopp was particularly in support of the loan move for the young attacker, with the manager claiming that it would help the former Salzburg star gather more experience and also get more minutes on the pitch. Minamino’s signing from Salzburg has not been the best of options by the parties involved and many fans have already made it clear that they do not like how the attacker is not given the chance to represent the Reds.

SOUTHAMPTON CONFIRM MINAMINO TALKS

Southampton have confirmed that they are in talks with Liverpool over the transfer of Japan national team player Takumi Minamino. The petite player spent the second half of the just concluded Premier League campaign on loan at Southampton from parent club and he did more than enough to impress manager Ralph Hassenhuttl and his coaching staff.

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Saints boss Hassenhuttltold HampshireLive that the club has spoken to Liverpool about the Japan international and that they are unsure of what will happen to him and that his future at Anfield is dependent on what Liverpool does in the transfer window.

CHINESE AND JAPANESE CLUBS EYEING TOTTENHAM DEFENDER

Tottenham outcast Danny Rose is currently attracting interest from Asian clubs and is set to sit down with the club and review his future in the coming days. The former England international defender has fallen out of favor at Tottenham and was deemed surplus to requirements by former manager José Mourinho during his time in charge of the club.

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Mourinho and Rose fell out at the club and it became clear that the defender would no longer be needed at the club, especially after they confirmed the signing of Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid in the last summer transfer window. The arrival of Reguilon further hampered the chances of Rose featuring for Tottenham, and he was also strongly linked with an exit from the Tottenham Hotspur stadium after falling out of favor.

TAGGART CLOSES IN ON CEREZO MOVE

Australian player Adam Taggart has reportedly moved a step further to seal his long-awaited move from Australia to Japan and is nearing a permanent move to Cerezo Osaka, it has been confirmed. The striker arrived at the Japanese Airport earlier in the week to complete all the remaining details required for him to complete the transfer.

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Even though the country’s Covid-19 restrictions stopped him from traveling at the start of the 2021 season, he has now achieved his desire and is now in the country to complete the move. The ten-time Socceroo was clearly excited and admitted that he cannot wait to start this next chapter of his career at his new destination.

JAPANESE CLUB SIGN BRAZILIAN FORWARD ON A PERMANENT BASIS

Japanese outfit HCMC Football Club have completed the permanent signing of Brazilian striker Junior Barros. The forward becomes the most recent foreign player to be moving to be Japanese league after his contract with Ventforet Kofu ended. Before moving to the Japanese J1 League, Barros used to ply his trade in his native Brazil but decided to join Kofu back in 2017. He then decided to leave the club after Kofu were confirmed to be dropping to the Japanese J2 league back in 2018.

He remained the club’s striker until his contract ran out earlier this February. During his stint at Kofu, Barros scored a total number of seventeen goals. He is now joining HCMC as a free agent after his contract expired at Kofu. German football site Transfermarkt value the player at €300,000 which is something of a bargain for his new club. Barros is coming to HCMC as a proven goalscorer and a talented forward that promises a lot of goals and has done well at every club he’s been at.

Japan suffer 2-0 loss to Mexico in friendly

Japan were unable to keep their unbeaten run going after suffering a 2-0 loss to Mexico in a friendly match. This was the first defeat in four games for the Japanese national team. Despite having a good start to the game, Japan were unable to capitalise and Mexico came back stronger in the second half. Wolves forward Raul Jimenez was able to break the deadlock in the 63rd minute. It seemed that Japan were taken aback by this goal and they quickly found themselves 2-0 down thanks to a goal from Hirving Lozano in the 68th minute.


The first half was completely controlled by the Samurai blue. However, they were unable to break the deadlock with Genki Haraguchi and Musashi Suzuki coming very close. After the game, Suzuki admitted that this was the kind of result that would happen to a team if they do not take the chances when they were on top.

VILLA SIGN JAPAN SKIPPER IWABUCHI

Aston Villa women are one of the clubs in the Women Super League (WSL) and they have made a big coup by signing one of the best players in Asia. Aston Villa women have signed Japan national women team captain ManaIwabuchi from INAC Kobe Leonessa in her native Japan. ManaIwabuchi has set his sights on playing for Japan at the Olympics later this summer. The new Aston Villa signing is in line to represent his country when the Olympics is held on home soil. The Olympic Games should have taken place last summer but it was postponed till this summer as a result of the effects from Coronavirus.


ManaIwabuchi, 27, is a quality player and he has 72 caps for the Japan national women team. She was part of the Japan team that won the 2011 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament in Germany. ManaIwabuchi previously played for the German duo of Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim.

VISSEL KOBE INTO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIS

 

Vissel Kobe FC of Japan have booked their place in the finalin the East region of the Asian Champions League after a nervy penalty win over South Korean club Suwon Bluewings during their semi-final clash on Thursday in the East region. Suwon Bluewings and Japan topflight club Vissel Kobe had to resort to the dreaded penalty shootout after the two teams scored a goal apiece at the end of regulation time and extra time.

Vissel Kobe FC of Japan had qualified for the quarterfinals of the Champions League after they defeated Chinese team Shanghai East Asia 2-0 in the round of 16 through the goals from Spanish football legend Andres Iniesta and Daigo Nishi in the first half and second half of the game respectively. On their part, Suwon Bluewings edged Yokohama FM of Japan in a five-goal thriller to book a last eight meeting with Vissel Kobe who were able to avenge the defeat of their fellow Japan topflight club.

JAPAN ANNOUNCES SQUAD FOR NOVEMBER FIXTURES

 

Japan head coach, Hajime Moriyasu, has just announced his 24-man squad for November fixtures. Kento Hashimoto and Takuma Asano have been added to the squad for Japan’s friendly games against Mexico and Panama next week. The head coach equally included Yuto Nagatomo in the team.


Asano has secured his place in the squad because Yuya Osako sustained a knee injury playing for Werder Bremen’s last match. At the same time, Hashimoto was included in the team because of his fine form since joining the Russian club Rostov from Tokyo in July 2020.