FC Tokyo striker Yoshinori Muto has denied reaching a decision on a potential move to Chelsea.
Japan’s rising star was joined on Wednesday by club president Naoki Ogane, who addressed the media to confirm the offer by the Jose Mourinho-led club.
According to Sponichi, the Premier League side have offered close to $6 million for the 22-year-old, a potential record-breaking fee to a J-League club.
“I’m honoured to have drawn interest from such a prestigious club,” Muto told reporters at the club’s training ground in western Tokyo, “but I haven’t decided anything yet.
“I haven’t decided to go overseas, and I’m not limiting myself to one club. I want to take a wide look at my options.”
With 11 international caps to his name, the recent Keio University graduate would presumably require an exemption in order to qualify for a UK work permit. Similar exceptions have been granted to players such as Southampton defender Maya Yoshida and Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi, currently on loan with FC Twente.
“Right now I’m only concerned with Tokyo win the first stage,” Muto said. “I have to focus on playing football in Japan.”