German giants FC Bayern Munich are seriously interested to sign Japanese teenage wonder Takashi Usami according to international agencies. The 19-year old forward currently plays his trade for J-League outfit Gamba Osaka.
Bayern have reportedly offered €1.5 million to the Japanese side to secure the services of Usami.
Gamba Osaka spokeswoman Kana Koizumi confirmed Bayern’s interest in the young forward. “It is true that Bayern Munich have approached us about Usami. But at this stage we have no formal announcement to make. There has been no agreement yet,” Koizumi told AFP.
Usami’s contract with Gamba contains an option to leave the J-League side, if he receives any offers from a foreign club.
Kyoto-born Usami joined Gamba Osaka ‘s U-15 side in 2005 and made his professional debut for the senior team at the age of 17 in an AFC Champions League match against FC Seoul. He represented Japan at junior level and is expected to make his senior national team debut against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
Usami could be the next Japanese import to the Bundesliga with the likes of Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Atsuto Uchida (FC Schalke 04), Shinji Okazaki (VfB Stuttgart), Makoto Hasebe (VfL Wolfsburg) and Tomoaki Makino (FC Cologne) already playing a vital role for their clubs. These players integrated exceptionally well to the Bundesliga and it seems like Bayern Munich are hoping to have their share on the successful Japanese wave.