Today's Nikkan Sports reports that Sagan Superstriker Tatsunori Arai is being solicited for his services by Albirex Niigata and .........wait for it......JEF CHIBA ICHIHARA. Before the dings, Arai was the best striker in J2, notching up scores in an inordinate amount. While I'd like to see him don the Orange and Blue of another J1 squad, it would be good for him and Niigata if Albirex wins out. While I'm not seeing the JEF connection, many in Verdyland are pulling for Chiba to sign him so it takes the heat off the Hiramoto bid. Because I don't believe they will bring in both strikers.
Another story floating on the internet superhighway has GK Juunsuke Schnieder headed north to Sendai.
Vegalta is also rumored to pick up 2 players from Botafogo to replace the departing Thiago Nevez and Borges. Lopez has decided to stay, much to the detriment of other J2 squads.
Consadole is also rumored to pick up 2 young Brazilians, pending a physical.....I'll find out more about them later.
So 4th place Sagan is losing players
5th place Vegalta is retooling
6th place Consadole is picking up prospects
7th place Verdy????????