Egyptian giants Ahly are in talks with Japanese club Kawasaki Frontale to sign Brazilian forward Marcinho, local reports said. Ahly have tabled an improved offer after having an initial $1.5 million bid turned down by Kawasaki Frontale, who set an asking price of $3 million, Egyptian media reported. The reports also said that Ahly have already agreed personal terms with Marcinho, a 27-year-old winger who joined Kawasaki on a free transfer in the summer of 2021.
AS THEIR AFC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WYEST RESUMES, ARE VISSEL KOBE RELEGATING?
In a week’s time, Vissel Kobe will return to continental action and resume their bid to win the AFC Champions League. First up is a Round of 16 tie against compatriots Yokohama F. Marinos on Aug. 18 and, with the subsequent two knockout-round stages in the East Zone to be completed by the following seven days, it will not be long before they know if they are headed for next February’s final.
KIRIN CUP: JAPAN BEATEN BY TUNISIA
Hosts Japan were undone by three second half goals on the way to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Tunisia in their final clash at the Kirin Cup international friendly tournament last week. The tournament was designed to be part of preparations for this year’s World Cup tournament. Apart from Tunisia and Japan, Chile and Ghana also played at the Kirin Cup this month. Only Chile won’t be part of the 32-team World Cup tournament in Qatar later this year.
For the Kirin Cup final, Tunisia took the lead after a goalless first half affair through Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane. Romdhane broke the deadlock from the penalty spot with ten second half minutes gone before further strikes from FerjaniSassi and IssamJebaliin the final quarter of the game sealed the convincing win for the North Africans who made the final after beating Chile 2-0 in the semifinals. On their part, hosts Japan thrashed Ghana 4-1 in the semifinals to qualify for the final.
ARSENAL FULLBACKS TO MISS EVERTON GAME
North London giants Arsenal will be without their first choice fullbacks for the visit of Everton in their last game of the season as far as Premier League football is concerned. The Gunners play hosts to Everton on Sunday evening hoping to secure Champions League football ahead of North London rivals Spurs.
The Arsenal fullback duo of Scotland international Kieran Tierney and Japan international TakehiroTomiyasu will miss the Everton game due to injury. Scotsman Tierney is the first choice left-back at Arsenal, while Japan national team star Tomiyasu is the first choice right-back for the Gunners following his transfer from Italian Serie A club Bologna last summer.
TOMIYASU RETURNS TO ARSENAL TRAINING
Arsenal have been boosted with the news that Japan international TakehiroTomiyasuhas recovered fully from injury and returned to full training ahead of the Premier League clash with fellow London club Brentford this weekend. The Japan national team defender has been injured since the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg clash with Merseyside giants Liverpool atthe Emirates Stadium last month.
ARSENAL BAG FOURTH SUCCESSIVE CLEAN SHEET
North London giants Arsenal kept their fourth straight clean sheet at home on the way to beating West Ham United in their London Derby clash at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. The Gunners were able to pick up the three points at stake with the 2-0 home win over the Hammers.
TOMIYASU MAKES WINNING DEBUT AT ARSENAL
Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasumade his debut for Premier League giants Arsenal against Norwich City on Saturday afternoon. The Japanese utility player was named in the Arsenal starting XI following his big transfer from Bolognaon deadline day as far as this summer’s transfer window is concerned.Arsenal paid around £17m to secure the signing of the Japaninternational.
Arsenal started the latest Premier League campaign with three straight defeats but they were able to stop the rot by beating Norwich City at home thanks in part to the influence of Japan footballer Tomiyasu and his other teammates who were involved in the win at home to Norwich City.
ARSENAL JOIN SPURS IN TOMIYASU RACE
TakehiroTomiyasu has been made available for a transfer by his Italian Serie A team Bologna and two North London clubs are now vying for his signature according to the newest reports in the Italian media. It was revealed by Sky Sports Italia that Arsenal have initiated a move for the Japan national team player. Tottenham Hotspur were the first North London team to show an interest in the defender and their failure to agree a deal for the player has allowed the Gunners to launch efforts to sign the Japanese international.
MINAMINO SET FOR CRUNCH LIVERPOOL TALKS
Japan national team player Takumi Minamino will reportedly sit down with Liverpool to discuss his future at the club this summer. According to media portalHampshireLive, the attacking midfielder from Japan is determined to play regular first team football as from the start of next season even if it’s not going to be at parent club Liverpool and that desire will lead him to talk with manager JurgenKlopp and other Liverpool officials about his future at the club.
JAPAN: 2022 WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN EXAMINED
Asian football powerhouse Japan were one of the teams given a free pass into the second round of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) section.