Arsenal fans could be forgiven for thinking the club’s transfer policy has been a little haphazard this summer.
From almost signing Jamie Vardy one moment to pursuing Alvaro Morata the next, it’s unclear exactly what Arsene Wenger’s plan is to address his side’s lack of options up front.
Now, his strategy has taken a turn for the bizarre, with Goal.com reporting that the Gunners have tabled a bid for Takuma Asano.
The name won’t be familiar to most football fans, unless they are followers of Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima, though the 21-year-old has now earned four caps for his national side, who are ranked 53rd in the world by FIFA.
Asano himself seems to be surprised by the offer, admitting he would be prepared, or even expects, to be sent out on loan were he to finalise a move to north London.
If he is not, as he seems to think, in Wenger’s first team plans, then his signing won’t placate angry Arsenal fans, who are desperate for a marquee signing.
This doesn’t seem to be it, although the Premier League is full of surprises, so he could just be the next Vardy.