Arsenal have officially announced that Japanese forward Takuma Asano, who joined the Gunners from Sanfrecce Hiroshima this summer, has moved to Bundesliga club Stuttgart on season-long (2016-17) loan.
The Gunners were against the loan move initially, but the North London failed to secure a work permit for the 21-year-old Japanese striker, whom joined the club this summer for just £3m.
“We got the work permit turned down because he didn’t cost £15m, that’s one of the rules you have to know in England,” Wenger said last weekend.
“Therefore he has to go and play somewhere else,” he added.
A full international since 2015, Asano recently represented Japan at Under-23 level in the Olympic Games in Brazil. He scored twice in the competition but couldn’t help his country beyond the group stage.
Asano played an important role during his international duty for Japan at Rio Olympics 2016. He bagged goals to his name but failed to guide his team into the knockout stages of the competition.
Good luck, Takuma ? https://t.co/bnoHGQkjpQ
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 26, 2016
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is on brink to rope in the services of Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi and Deportivo striker Lucas Perez.
Sources confirm that the La Liga side Deportivo has accepted a £17 transfer fee for Perez and has allowed him to skip Friday’s game against Real Betis.
Latest reports confirm that Mustafi is all set to join Arsenal for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £35m.
According to Sky Sports, Mustafi would travel to England for a medical on Friday afternoon