Arsenal have confirmed that they have agreed a deal to sign Japan U-23 forward Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
The Premier League club confirmed Asano’s signing on their official website on Sunday.
The 21-year-old was included in coach Makoto Tegumamori’s 18-man squad for the Olympic Games.
He is expected to face Nigeria U-23s in Group B in Rio.
A statement on Arsenal’s website read: “Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign young Japanese forward Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
“The transfer of the 21-year-old Japan international is subject to the completion of a medical and regulatory processes.
“Making his full debut for the Japan national team in August 2015, Takuma has made five appearances for his country and is expected to be a part of their squad for the Rio Olympics in August.
“Takuma signed for Sanfrecce Hiroshima as an 18-year-old in January 2013 and enjoyed great success with the J-League side, making 56 appearances and scoring 11 goals.
“During this time, Takuma won the J1 League in 2013 and 2015, the Japanese Super Cup in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and was voted as the J-League ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 2015.”
Commenting on the signing of Asano, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stated that the young forward has a bright future in the game.
“Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future. He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years.”