April 12 deadline looms for Muto’s Chelsea transfer

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Japanese striker has been given an April 12 deadline to consider an offer from Premier League leaders Football Channel can report.

The 22-year-old, now in his second season with , made headlines this week when he was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

But while the two clubs agreed on a transfer fee worth close to $6 million several weeks ago, the player himself has been asked to make what could be a career-defining decision in the next three days.

Although the transfer may not officially go through until the end of the J-League’s first stage in late June, Muto could announce his intentions as early as Sunday night following Tokyo’s league fixture at Shonan Bellmare.

Should the national team breakout put pen to paper, Japanese supporters may have to wait at least a year until they can purchase Muto’s shirt in Chelsea Blue; the Guardian on Thursday reported that he is expected to be immediately loaned to Eredivisie side Vitesse for the 2015-16 season.

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