Kyogo to Urawa Reds – Unreliable source and rumour gets widespread attention

Rumoured interest in Kyogo from Urawa Reds from an X account with a proven record for being unreliable as far as Celtic matters is concerned is being plastered everywhere today…

Firstly it’s doubtful that the J league side could meet Celtic’s valuation. Secondly, it’s unlikely that they could afford to match or exceed the financial package Kyogo is on after signing a contract extension at Celtic just last summer. Thrirdly, if Kyogo wanted a move you would imagine it would be to one of the top five league in Europe and not a return to the J-League. At this stage in his career that would be a non starter.

But it’s a transfer rumour and a few weeks before the window actually opens, the entire media is over it like a rash. It’s from a Japan based account going by the handle of Marco Molla who reported that Japanese side Urawa Reds are interested in bringing the striker back home this summer.

Fabrizio Romano he is not!

Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates scoring  during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park on May 04, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic supporters don’t want to lose Kyogo far from it, despite a poor season by his standards he’s still a vital and very liked member of the squad, and is a player that we wish to keep. Some might argue that the lure of a return to his homeland might be too strong for Kyogo, and at 29 the club might wish to cash in while his value is still high, keeping in line with our transfer strategy.

The only stumbling block, and one that I think makes this nothing more than a baseless rumour is whether or not Urawa would be able to meet Celtic’s valuation of Kyogo. The J league sides record transfer outlay is €5 million to date according to transfer market.

Kyogo Furuhashi of Celtic scores past Zach Hemming of St Mirren with a header to give Celtic a 2-0 lead. Celtic v St Mirren, Cinch Scottish Premiership, Football, Celtic Park, Glasgow, UK – 13 Apr 2024 Photo: Stuart Wallace/Shutterstock

We will be looking at least double that fee for Kyogo and rightly so if he were to leave. Urawa would have to not only break their own transfer record, but the J league record of €11 million which has stood for six years.

Urawa reportedly have money to spend after securing qualification to the all new World Cup in 2025. A sum rumoured to be around the £40 million mark. I doubt very much that Urawa are going to part with that sort of cash for a soon to be 30 year old. So I think we can safely file this under a non starter.

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  1. Still not convinced that Rodgers sees kyogo as his main striker in leading the line?
    The lack of service that kyogo thrived upon has dried up somewhat last season imo?
    Question still remains as to whether Rodgers methods are going to get the best from kyogo as a player?
    With how our wide players are being used by Rodgers last season, then they won’t be providing to much for kyogo to thrive upon in front of goal imo?
    And if Oreily moves on also, who will provide the service he’s looking for in future?
    Earlier on last season, it looked like Rodgers wanted kyogo to be able to drop deeper to help with the build up play, which idah can do so well, but not really kyogo game and hardly a strong point within kyogo game either imo?
    Wouldn’t be surprised that if a decent offer were to come in for kyogo, then Rodgers may well be prepared to sell and reinvest in another striker, more suitable for how Rodgers wants his central striker to operate imo?
    Less is being said regarding kyogo potential shoulder injury problems lately, so could this also be a potential factor as to how Rodgers would actually like his central striker to operate, next season?
    Personally hope we keep hold of kyogo, but seemed to be missing the same spark and enthusiasm of previous seasons all the same imo?

  2. Folks, you need to spend at least five minutes learning about how clubs in other parts of the world operate.
    Urawa Reds do not have the money to buy Kyogo at “a record price”. In fact, with the possible exception of Vissel Kobe (who dont need him), I dont think there is a club in Japan that could pay over 7m euro for him.

    I dont know who makes up these stupid rumours about Japan without knowing $#!+ about Japan . . . but J.League clubs are bound by financial fair play regulations so strict that one can estimate their transfer budgets nearly TO THE DOLLAR! This has been true since around 1999 when the league implemented its current financial regulations on clubs. I wrote a long article two years ago detailing the reasons why the rumour about “GG to Reds” was financially impossible. Anyone who knew the first thing about the Reds’ financial situation that year knew that they would not buy ANY strikers during that window (that proved to be exactly what happened)

    I havent done the numbers this year, but I can tell you this much: The maximum Reds could spend on an individual player this year is significantly less than 5 million quid. Your maximum take would be almost exactly what you paid for him.
    That is not “speculation”. That is a stone cold fact.