Leeds pursuit of Japanese wonderkid Yosuke Ideguchi has been fuelled today by the 21-year-old saying he wants to move abroad to improve his career and that will help Leeds push for the player, one of Japan’s brightest young players.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has quotes from the player in Japan that tell a story.
“The desire to go abroad has not changed. the goal is there because I am a football player.”
“There are a lot of people playing for overseas teams and the level is high. I also want to go to these places.”
Ideguchi burst onto the world scene with a goal in World Cup Qualifying to beat Australia and since he has been the face of the Japanese football scene. He has been a regular for Gamba Osaka and seems set to move abroad very soon, Leeds looking like a probable destination. The move certainly isn’t straight forward and the chances are that Leeds would have to loan him out for at least a season before he could move to England on a work permit, maybe even longer, this not a one-off and issues with visa’s have been around for a long time.
Leeds would be looking to pay around £700k which was reported by the Evening Post, a clause in his deal would make that the price which, for the revenue that could bring in is a snippet. The commercial value of Leeds United signing a current Japanese international is very high, and clubs often sign talent from that part of the world knowing that the ability of the player may not be great, but the revenue will be. In this case the ability looks very good, and potential very high.