Yoshinori Muto
Yoshinori Muto is highly-rated as a perfect No 9Reuters

There isn't any Asian player in the Manchester United roster at the moment, but we all know how the players from the continent have made a difference to the Red Devils over the years.

South Korea's Ji-Sung Park almost achieved the status of a Manchester United legend during the Sir Alex Ferguson era, and then Japan's Shinji Kagawa also made quite a difference to the English club.

The most striking thing is that the duo have won the Premier League at least once with Manchester United. This might really make one think whether Asian players are indeed the good luck charm the club needs.

Possibly that is what the club is even thinking now. The Red Devils have identified Japan hotshot Yoshinori Muto as one of their hottest targets in the January transfer window. Mirror has even reported that Ed Woodward and team are ready to launch a £10 million bid for the Mainz striker, once the transfer window opens.

The player is also rated-highly by Ferguson, and that says it all. The onus is on Louis van Gaal now to move ahead with their offer. It is a known fact that the Red Devils are looking for options in the attack. Yes, Anthony Martial is there, and also Wayne Rooney, but who else? Surely Marouane Fellaini and Memphis Depay, who have filled the central forward role at times, can't be called ideal goal poachers.

What United need is a classic No 9, and Muto, 23, can turn out to be a potential star at the Theatre of Dreams. The former FC Tokyo man, who was linked with Chelsea last summer, has seven goals and four assists in the Bundesliga from 17 games this season.

He joined Mainz only this summer, and his current contract runs till the summer of 2019.

According to the report, scouts from Manchester United have kept close eyes on Muto during this season and they rate the goal poacher's pace, physical strength, proven goalscoring record and ability to hold the ball up, highly.

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