Japanese football club Vissel Kobe – who boast Andres Iniesta on their books – have confirmed that they have agreed a deal with Celtic to sell Kyogo Furuhashi to the Bhoys.
Taking to Twitter, the club confirmed the deal in the early hours of Friday morning before Celtic issued their own confirmation later.
The 26-year-old Japan international is primarily a left-sided winger but has also operated as a centre-forward. He has scored an impressive tally of 14 goals in his last 20 games for Vissel Kobe.
Furuhashi will sign a four-year deal in Paradise, subject to international clearance and the successful completion of a medical. It is unclear how much Celtic have paid for his services.
Ange Postecoglou’s last spell in charge of a football club came in the J-League with Yokohama F. Marinos, where the Australian tactician spearheaded his side to the league title last season.
Postecoglou was familiar with the forward from his time in Japan and endorsed the forward in glowing terms. As quoted by Sky Sports, Postecoglou said:
“We are delighted to bring Kyogo Furuhashi to Celtic. He is a player of real quality and clearly someone I know well.
“I think he will add something special to our squad and I am sure the way he plays will excite our supporters. We look forward to welcoming him to Celtic.”
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The Vissel Kobe forward scored against Marinos and Postecoglou’s familiarity with Japanese football may have contributed to Furuhashi’s signing.
Postecoglou will undoubtedly have garnered a list of reliable contacts in Japan, with Furuhashi seemingly being a player on the ascendency.
Noted for his versatility, prolific goal threat and technical ability, he cuts the mould of a tricky winger that can inject flair to Postecoglou’s front line.
Ahead of Celtic’s season opener against FC Midtjylland, the rebuilding of the squad to suit Celtic’s new-look high-intensity system looks firmly underway.