LONDON – Leicester City is attempting to sign a second Japanese player in Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo, The Sunday Times reported.
Leicester, who added Japan international Shinji Okazaki to its payroll over the summer, has agreed to a fee of £3 million for the 28-year-old full-back.
Nagatomo has been offered a three-year contract worth £40,000 a week from Leicester, according to the paper. Portuguese club Benfica is also chasing the former FC Tokyo man, dangling the opportunity of playing Champions League soccer.
Nagatomo has also been linked with a move inside Serie A to Genoa.
Okazaki, meanwhile, was dropped for the first time on Saturday but came on for the second half, helping the Foxes win a point in a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.
Okazaki was not happy about being left out of the first team by Claudio Ranieri.
“Maybe he thinks I’m replaceable,” Okazaki said. “I know where I stand within the team now so I’ve got to keep working.”
Both Okazaki and Nagatomo have been selected for Japan’s World Cup qualifiers at home to Cambodia and Afghanistan away on Sept. 3 and 8, respectively.
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