FC Tokyo are considering a €3 million bid from Mainz for striker Yoshinori Muto, Japanese media reported on Friday.
According to Sponichi, the Bundesliga club have already presented their offer for the 22-year-old, who would see his yearly salary triple with the move. But Muto, who this spring has already declined an offer from Premier League champions Chelsea, has yet to make a decision as he balances his future with the very present task of leading Tokyo in the J1 League First Stage title race.
“In general we would like [Muto] to stay,” club president Naoki Ogane told Nikkan. “Though nothing has been officially decided, there have been a lot of discussions, and he’s uncertain.
“But of course he isn’t showing that uncertainty on the pitch; that’s just how Muto is.”
Current Mainz coach Martin Schmidt is said to consider the Keio University graduate a strong candidate to replace Samurai Blue teammate Shinji Okazaki, who could leave Coface Arena this summer for Premier League side Leicester.
In his second professional season, Muto is tied for second amongst J-Leaguers with eight goals from 10 appearances.