‘Japan’s Mitoma → A player that Pep respects’… Surprising mention of substitute Mahrez-up to £50 million transfer fee, will he join Manchester City?
Winger Kaoru Mitoma (26, Brighton), who has grown into a big leaguer representing Japanese football, has emerged as a target for Manchester City (Man City) led by manager Pep Guardiola. He was mentioned as a replacement for Riyad Mahrez (Al-Ahli), who left for the Saudi Arabia league, and even reported a specific transfer fee of 50 million pounds (83.3 billion won), drawing attention.
On the afternoon of the 6th (Korean time), a number of British media outlets reported that Manchester City had begun signing Mitoma. ‘Tribal Football’, through an article titled ‘Man City keeping an eye on Brighton winger Mitoma’, said, ‘Man City are looking at the Japanese national team player as a replacement for Mahrez, who transferred to Al Ahli last week. Mitoma attracted attention at Brighton last season and impressed Manchester City’s chief of football.메이저놀이터
Citing an Etihad source, the media also added that ‘Mitoma is a player that manager Pep Guardiola respects’. In addition to Man City, Chelsea also wrote that they are monitoring Mitoma’s situation.
‘Sports Mall’ also mentioned the amount of the transfer fee, saying, ‘Man City is known to be planning a move of £50 million to sign Mitoma.’ This amount exceeds the record transfer fee (72 billion won) recorded by Korean national team defender Kim Min-jae, who transferred from Naples (Italy) to Bayern Munich (Germany) last month.
The media introduced the record of Mitoma transferring to Man City from Kawasaki Frontale (Japan) in 2021 and scoring 10 goals and 8 assists in 41 official games last season.
In fact, Mitoma’s performance last season was amazing. He made his debut in the English Premier League (EPL) and played 33 games, scoring 7 goals and 6 assists. Brighton will also compete in the Europa League this season as they finished sixth in the league.
Coach Guardiola actually mentioned Mitoma during his Japan tour last month and praised his performance, saying, “The influence he had on the EPL was great.” If he joins Man City, which has been reborn as the best club in the world, as he is also a top EPL dribbler, he can stand tall as a big club man in two seasons of his EPL debut.
Mitoma has two years left on his contract with Brighton. This summer Brighton sold Alexis McAllister to Liverpool for a £35m transfer fee. Moises Caicedo is also strongly sought by Chelsea. The local analysis says that Brighton is extremely unlikely to give up Kaisedo and Mitoma to other teams.
Mitoma’s main position is left winger, but he can also play right. He also serves as a wingback in the three-back tactic, so he is a resource worthy of Man City’s color, operating an irregular 3-4-2-1 formation.
Manchester City previously succeeded in signing left-footed centre-back Yosuko Gbardiol. Now it seems to focus only on strengthening the attack area.