Manchester United are trying to write a new J-League transfer fee history to bring in Japanese goalkeeper prospect Suzuki Jion (Urawa Red Diamonds).
Japanese media ‘Sponichi Annex’ reported on the 6th (Korean time), “Urawa goalkeeper Suzuki Jion is about to advance overseas by transferring to Manchester United for the highest transfer fee ever in the J-League.”
Young goalkeeper Suzuki, born in 2002, is of mixed race, born to a Ghanaian father and a Japanese mother. Although he was born in the United States, he also plays for the Japanese age-group team while adopting Japanese nationality.
Although he is still playing as a first-team backup player in Urawa, he is 190 cm tall, has a wide range of defense from his long limbs, and has high pass accuracy, so expectations are high for the future.
The media said, “Man United are moving to recruit Suzuki and have already formally delivered an offer. Negotiations are proceeding smoothly, and the transfer fee is getting closer and closer.”
“The transfer fee is expected to reach 5 million pounds (approximately 8.3 billion won), the highest ever among Japanese players who went overseas from the J-League,” he added.
Among Japanese players who have transferred from the J-League to overseas clubs, the player with the highest transfer fee is ‘Scotland’s top scorer’ Kyogo Furuhashi (Celtic). Furuhashi, who played for Vissel Kobe in the summer of 2021, headed to Celtic for a transfer fee of 4.5 million pounds (approximately 7.5 billion won).
After joining Celtic, Furuhashi quickly became the team ace. Thanks to the performance of Furuhashi, who scored a total of 34 goals last season, Celtic became champions in the League, League Cup and FA Cup during the 2022/23 season, winning three crowns.
It can be seen that Manchester United has high expectations for Suzuki by investing more transfer fees in a young player who has not yet had much first-team experience than Furuhashi, who has become the best striker in the Scottish League.
If Manchester United confirms the signing of Suzuki, it will be the second Japanese player after Shinji Kagawa. Kagawa wore a Manchester United uniform for two years from 2012 and appeared in 57 games, scoring 6 goals and 10 assists.메이저놀이터
Meanwhile, while Suzuki is about to advance to Europe with the highest transfer fee ever in the J-League, Manchester United are trying to bring in another goalkeeper.
Manchester United are currently looking for a new starting goalkeeper after veteran goalkeeper David De Gea left the team on the 30th of last month due to the expiration of his contract. Currently, the player Manchester United is aiming for as the new ‘No. 1’ goalkeeper is Andre Onana (Inter Milan) from Cameroon.
Reporter Rory Whitwell, who is well versed in Manchester United news, said on social media on the 5th that “Man United offered Inter Milan a first offer of 38.6 million pounds (about 63.9 billion won) for the recruitment of Onana.”