The J-League may just be welcoming a new European talent soon. Former Manchester United forward and member of the Uruguay National Team Diego Forlan is finalizing talks with Cerezo Osaka to join the club for the 2014 season.
Winner of the Golden Ball Award in the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa, Forlan helped his team reach the semifinals. He is currently with Internacional Brazil after Italian powerhouse Inter Milan terminated his contract when he showed a poor performance of scoring only 2 goals out of 22 appearances with the club. Forlan also played for Atletico Madrid after 2 years of playing in Villareal. Known for playing side-by-side David Beckham in Manchester United, Forlan showed promise with the English team during the 2002 season and scored game-changing goals during the 2003 season with the Red Devils.
His transfer to Asia is expected to help boost the J-League, which lost a lot of top talents to European clubs, including Keisuke Honda, Shinji Okazaki, and Takashi Usami to name a few. Forlan is expected to “attract the attention of people other than Cerezo fans. The Forlan effect could jazz the J-League as a whole,” as written in Sports Nippon. A formal announcement is expected within the next few days, as the deal is still within the final stages of negotiations.
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