Report: How much Celtic have paid for Kyogo Furuhashi
Celtic have agreed a deal approaching £5m with J-League club Vissel Kobe for star man Kyogo Furuhashi, according to Japan’s Daily Sports.
The outlet state that Furuhashi is to join the Bhoys on a multi-year contract. It’s one of the highest potential transfer fees for a Japanese player, directly from the J-League. Arsenal, according to Daily Sports, paid around £5m for winger Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the summer of 2016.
The report also says that Celtic beat competition from established European sides. Both RSC Anderlecht and PSV Eindhoven were keen on the Vissel Kobe star, but Celtic offered better terms.
Furuhashi has enjoyed a relatively quick rise to prominence in Japan. His professional career began in 2017 with FC Gifu. There, the attacker scored 17 and assisted 18 before earning a move to top-flight Vissel Kobe, who boast the talents of Thomas Vermaelen and Andrés Iniesta in their ranks.
It was at Kobe where Furuhashi really blossomed. In 2019, 2020 and this season, the Japanese international has topped double figures for goals [Transfermarkt]. Primarily a left-winger, his creativity, pace and eye for goal have helped the club become established J-League contenders. They currently sit third behind Ange Postecoglou’s former team Yokohama F Marinos, and Kawasaki Frontale [Goal].
Kyogo Furuhashi – an excellent bit of business for Celtic
So, with a reported price-tag “approaching £5m”, what kind of player do Celtic have here?
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Well, put simply: goals and immense creativity. The 26-year-old has only broken into the Japanese national team recently, but has already made an impact. In 6 caps, he’s scored 3; not a bad return at all.
Capable of playing anywhere in a front-three, Furuhashi seems most comfortable coming in from the left. That’s where he’s got the majority of his goals for Vissel Kobe.
With a quick first-touch, Furuhashi is more than capable with either foot and in the air, as his J-League highlights show.
For the mooted price, this could be a master-stroke by new Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou and Dom McKay. McKay said he was determined to leave “no stone unturned”, even joking about signing the next Nakamura.
Furuhashi might not be Nakamura level, but he does have commercial appeal in Japan. With J-League fans keen to see how Postecoglou gets on, this is an extra incentive for Japanese supporters to rekindle their mid-00s Celtic curiosity.