Off-season Roundup: Cerezo made “a big offer” for Tokura

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Here is the summary about Cerezo Osaka’s transfer and contract news coming out today.

  • Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo general manager Hirokatsu Mikami admitted to local newspaper Doshin Sports that they have received an offer for Ken Tokoura, which he described “a big offer for a 32-year-old player.” They are going to do their best to keep him in Sapporo but because Cerezo’s offer is financially more attractive than what they are offering him, the Hokkaido side “can’t be optimistic,” Mikami said. According to players directories published by El Golazo and Soccer Digest, Tokura earns 30-31 million yen per year now, which is not expensive for a striker who scored 12 goals this season.
  • Nikkan Sports reported that new manager Miguel Angel Lotina wants some players from his former side Tokyo Verdy. Particularly mentioned is their defender and captain Akira Ibayashi. The 28-year-old center back started playing football in his home town Hiroshima and spent 4 years in the Kansai region when he attended Kwansei Gakuin University before joining Tokyo Verdy in 2013. In other article published a week ago, Cerezo are also rumored to be interested in their midfielders Kota Watanabe and Jin Izumisawa.


Check out the current list of the ins and outs here.