The football transfer window has yet to start in Europe but already English Premiere Club Arsenal is compiling its list of summer transfer targets. One person in that list is Japanese international Takashi Inui who currently plays for Eintracht Frankfurt, a club in the Bundesliga, the top-tier in Germany’s football leagues.
Reports say Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has sent his chief scout Steve Rowley to Germany to check up on Inui, after being impressed by his performances for the German club. He just joined Eintracht this summer from another German club VFL Bochum in the second division. Inui has been a great addition for Eintracht who just got promoted to the first division in the 2012-2013 season and is currently sitting comfortably in sixth place after an impressive performance this season. He currently has two years left on his contract and has scored six goals and made four assists in his first season with the club.
Arsenal is said to be shopping for a centre-back, a defensive midfielder and a striker to boost their squad and improve on their standing next season. However, Inui is none of those players but is instead an attacking midfielder and playmaker, known for his speed and agility. If ever he would make a move to Arsenal, he will join fellow Blue Samurai Ryo Miyaichi, who has been sidelines by various injury problems and was loaned out to Wigan Athletic previously.
Wenger has been quoted before as saying he is looking to Japan to discover new talents for the club. Arsenal will be playing two friendly matches against J-League sides in Japan this summer; against Nagoya Grampus on July 22 and then against Urawa Reds on the 26th.
[ via Give Me Football ]