I'm a little busy so I've fallen behind on postings, here's the latest from Tokyo:
-Cabore has officially signed with Qatar club Al Arabi, with a reported transfer fee of 500 million yen (roughly $5.5 million at the current exchange rate). The club has offered a formal apology to fans for not being able to set up a proper farewell from the star forward, and he expressed his heartfelt thanks to the fans and support for the club in a message published on the team website.
-Nabisco Cup tickets went on sale on Saturday morning at 10AM and were completely sold out less than an hour later. The stage is set for a packed house at Kokuritsu on November 3rd
-Tokyo lost 1-2 to Kyoto. In addition Hirayama recieved his 4th yellow, meaning he will be out for the Gamba match. Let's move on until I have time to compose all of my thoughts.
Chunichi Sports revealed today that, according to several unnamed club officials, FC Tokyo is in talks with an unnamed Middle Eastern team regarding the transfer of Brazillian striker Cabore that would include a 500 million yen (nearly $5.4 million) fee for breaking his contract. Rumors of Cabore being transferred were raised earlier this year but nothing materialized. Since then, the team has revealed that it will have to seek a new shirt sponsor for the 2010 season as ENEOS is withdrawing its sponsorship. This infusion of cash would at the very least alleviate any financial problems the team may be facing, and at most could provide an extra boost in the off-season acquisition period assuming Tokyo finds a new sponsor.
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Because the start of league play in the Middle East is rapidly approaching, a deal could be made within the week and according to the article some have noted that there is a possibility Sunday's match against Shimizu could be Cabore's last game wearing the blue and red kit.
Tokyo would be the latest of many teams to be entranced by so-called “oil money”; following in the footsteps of Gamba Osaka (which recently sold Leandro for a cool billion yen) and Nagoya (who sold Davi to some club in Qatar earlier this summer).
More to follow, I'm sure.