Manchester United are now reportedly planning a ‘formal offer’ for Zion Suzuki with the Japan international goalkeeper keen on a potential once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the Premier League giants. 

Former J-League centre-half Marco Tulio Tanaka summed up the feelings of many in the Far East when taking to YouTube over the weekend to share his opinion about Zion Suziki’s potential shock switch to Old Trafford.

The 20-year-old shot-stopper, Tanaka points out, is not even a regular for Urawa Red Diamonds. In fact, he hasn’t featured in any of their 20 league games so far. Suzuki was left on the bench again for Friday’s goalless draw with FC Tokyo.

“Isn’t it fake news?,” said a bemused Tanaka. “How can you play for Manchester United when you can’t play for the Reds?”

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Zion Suzuki keen on Manchester United transfer

Well, that is a question which can be answered rather simply. And, with the help of a short Twitter video

Just look at the way Suzuki fizzes the ball onto the toe of his team-mates. If Erik ten Hag wants a goalkeeper who can play out from the back – as epitomised by United replacing David de Gea with Andre Onana – then Suzuki’s lack of experience should be offset by his vast potential. Not to mention the sort of technique and distribution which would make Paul Scholes blush. 

Suzuki idolises Manchester City’s Ederson; arguably finest ‘ball-playing goalkeeper’ in the game.

Sponichi – who’s claims have since been backed up by the likes of Sky Sports and Fabrizio Romano – believe £5 million could be enough to secure the America-born youngster’s signature

This is a fee which, while pocket change to Man United, would make Suzuki the most expensive export in J-League history.


Japanese reporter Marco Molla claims that a ‘formal offer’ will be placed upon the Urawa Red Diamonds desk imminently.

He reports: “It has become clear that the player is also positive about the transfer.”

Suzuki would become United’s second-ever Japanese player after Shinji Kagawa. 

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