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Vissel Kobe’s reported summer move for former Germany striker Lukas Podolski has made global headlines, but manager Nelsinho believes the players already at the club can lay the foundations for a J. League title challenge this season.

Turkish media last week reported that World Cup-winner Podolski — Germany’s all-time third-highest goalscorer and third-most-capped player — will join Vissel from Istanbul club Galatasaray on June 1 on a three-year deal worth $15.8 million.

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