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post #1 of 125 (permalink) Old July 9th, 2005, 17:45 Thread Starter
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Shunsuke Nakamura

Celtic have agreed a 2.5m fee with Reggina and hope to sign Japanese International player Shunsuke Nakamura in the next few days.

I know that Japan is an uprising football nation, but the only real "global player" is Nakata just now, so i don't know too much about Nakamura.

Can anyone share some information?

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post #2 of 125 (permalink) Old July 9th, 2005, 18:09
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Much better player than Nakata mate, I would of liked to of seen him in Spain as he looks very suited to La Liga.

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he would be a great signing for Celtic, i am really impressed with the players Strachan is going for, Celtic will be worth a watch next year, shame i can't see them on my telly.




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post #4 of 125 (permalink) Old July 10th, 2005, 22:33 Thread Starter
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Cheers lads, the guy sounds very promising indeed.

Apparently there is strong interest in Nakamura from La Liga as well, so it's by no means certain that he'll be signing for Celtic. From the glowing reports i've heard of him i'm praying that he does though of course.

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He is anxious to play in Spain and won't move to Scotland.
But I'm happy that Nakamura recieved the offer from Celtic.
Celtic is a great club and has many supporters all over the world.



But no one knows what's going to happen in the world of football.

Anyways, I put Nakamura's video clips here.
http://myhome.naver.com/santatown/sp/nakasp.asx
(This link may not work)

Confederations Cup Japan vs Brazil: Nakamura's equalizer goal
http://members3.jcom.home.ne.jp/suim...onfed/n001.mpg

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post #6 of 125 (permalink) Old July 12th, 2005, 09:14 Thread Starter
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Thanks nakata.

Nakamura seems like a great player so obviously i'd be delighted if Celtic were to sign him, and i'm pleased that we're trying to.

That goal against Brazil was fantastic, i remember seeing it on TV.
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if you get him for 2.5m you've got an absolute bargain!

but I do think he'd shine more in a less physical league like La Liga.

Has he said he's interested in playing for Celtic?
post #8 of 125 (permalink) Old July 17th, 2005, 06:42
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Has he said he's interested in playing for Celtic?
Unfortunately, NO.... : :broken:
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Thanks nakata.

Nakamura seems like a great player so obviously i'd be delighted if Celtic were to sign him, and i'm pleased that we're trying to.

That goal against Brazil was fantastic, i remember seeing it on TV.


Your club is very lucky to get Nakamura for 2.5 millions. That price is too cheap considering what he can do to the team. His playmaking ability is second to none in Asia and from what I've seen in Confederation Cup his vision and passing are becoming as good as (if not better than) Juan Carlos Valeron of Depor. You'll be amazed to see how accurate his passings are.

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Hmm..if Shunsuke Nakamura moves to Celtic, he better should do weight training, and build some strengths.

There is no doubt about his 'golden left foot' which I think best in Asia, but Scottish League maybe a big physical challenge for him.

We miss Guus Hiddink days... But we need to move on for better future.

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He sounds like a great player.

The latest on Nakamura is that Celtic will have further talks with Reggina about the transfer tomorrow, we hope to sign the player before Thursday's Champions League 2nd qualifying round deadline so there might be further news before too long.

I haven't heard anything official from Nakamura on Celtic's interest, but our coach Gordon Strachan has said that he's spoken to the player and was told that he's definitely interested in signing for us.

Technical players don't have a problem playing well in the SPL, as long as you have the ability then you can perform in any league i think. Henrik Larsson is a technical player and he was excellent for Celtic.

One other question - the Scottish media are suggesting that if Nakamura signed for Celtic that the popularity of the club would rise in his home Country, there have been rumours about the possibility of Celtic travelling to the Far East to play in some matches should we get this player and that it could potentially earn our club a lot of money.

Do you think any of this is accurate?
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Well, Nakamura is pretty much Japan's star at the moment so if he moved you could guarantee more Japanese interest. But don't expect him to be like Beckham or anything like that.

About his stature. You mention Larsson, yes he was a technical player and of similar size to Nakamura, (probably a bit smaller actually) but he was athletic. Had a lot of body strength. Nakamura is a far more delicate player, has less body strength and pace for that matter aswell.

But on the ball he is sublime. Very creative and has one of the best left foots i've seen anywhere. Superb range of passing and world class a set pieces. If he succeeds i'll be over the moon for him because he really is a special player.

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One other question - the Scottish media are suggesting that if Nakamura signed for Celtic that the popularity of the club would rise in his home Country, there have been rumours about the possibility of Celtic travelling to the Far East to play in some matches should we get this player and that it could potentially earn our club a lot of money.

If Celtic buy Nakamura, he will bring the club a lot of money.


Nakamura's physicality is still poor though he developed it a little last season. You had better not underestimate his fragility.
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Fair enough mutu, Serie A is quite a physical league as well though remember.

Thanks nakata.

Latest information on Nakamura hopefully signing for Celtic.


Nakamura talks on Wednesday

Italian club Reggina hope to come to an agreement with Celtic on Wednesday over the transfer of Japan midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura.

Reggina spokesman Daniele Rindone said: "It is possible that we will come to an agreement for the player.

"There will be a meeting between Reggina and Celtic and it's more likely to be in Glasgow than Milan."

The deal, likely to cost Celtic 2.7m, has been delayed due to negotiations about image rights in Japan.

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan insists that the 27-year-old is keen on signing for the Glasgow club, despite reports suggesting that he would prefer to move to Spain.

"The lad wants to come - contrary to reports - and he knows about the club," said Strachan, who hopes to beat Thursday's Champions League signing deadline.

We are trying to be choosy about who we bring in
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"But it is a massive deal. He is a huge personality in Japan and a lot of media rights go along with him.

"That is what is holding up the deal, but I'm sure we will get round that.

"He is a left-footer with a good change of pace.

"He would bring vision to the team and charisma as well I suppose.

"We are trying to be choosy about who we bring in. It would have been easy to bring in loads of Bosmans who are 30 years old.

"We are trying our best to bring in players who will help the group of players who have been here for the last five years - Lennon, Sutton, Hartson, Balde, Varga.

"They need help, not from players who will be dragged along by their coat-tails but who can get in there shoulder to shoulder and try to win trophies."

Strachan pointed out that he had lost 10 first-team players since May and that Didier Agathe, Alan Thompson and Stephen Pearson still had injuries from last season.

Interest shown recently in Nakamura by Deportivo La Coruna and Atletic Madrid has cooled.

Meanwhile, Celtic boss Gordon Strachan remains interested in Southampton pair Claus Lundekvam and Paul Telfer and are poised to sign defender Adam Virgo from Brighton for 1.5m.

Adding Virgo and Nakamura would take Strachan's summer arrivals to six following the signings of Mo Camara, Maciej Zurawski, Jeremie Aliadiere and Artur Boruc.
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IMO Nakamura has been Japan's key player for the last few years. He's a class player.

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A lot of media sources are now claiming that the deal will be finalised today with the announcement made on Nakamura signing for Celtic tomorrow. Apparently it was reports in Japan that revealed this news initially.

I assume this was the Japanese article in question, posted by mincecfc in our Celtic forum.


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lol

This guy has a Japanese newspaper.
Is he a Celtic fan living in Japan?


Nakamura is likely to transfer to Celtic against my expectation.
To be honest, I still hope he plays in Spain.
But if the club play UEFA Champions League, I don't think it is bad to move to Scotland.
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This guy has a Japanese newspaper.
Is he a Celtic fan living in Japan?
Yeah.

Doesn't seem like anything will be announced today now, apparently we should hear some news on Monday but i'm not expecting anything to be finalised until the end of next week at the very least.

Borussia Monchangladbach of Germany are also supposedly interested in signing Nakamura as well now.


CELTIC MUST WAIT ON NAKAMURA

Celtic must wait until Monday at least before moving any closer to signing Shunsuke Nakamura.

The Japan international, 27, will return to his Italian club Reggina at the start of next week where the Hoops are hoping to fend off interest from German side Borussia Monchengladbach.

But Italian lawyer Angelo Massoni, who has been involved in negotiations for the player, is confident a deal for the midfielder will soon be done.

He said: "There is no personal agreement between Nakamura and Celtic.

"He likes the club, but nothing can be done until Reggina and Celtic settle on terms.

"There will be no news until Monday. The interest from Borussia is real as well and I think we are close to having positive news."
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which position would he play at Celtic? On the left? Or behind the strikers?
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I've heard rumours that he's agreed to sign and will do so on Monday, I've yet to set my heart on it tho as knowing Celtic its never signed sealed and delivered until he has the hoops on.

As far as his position go's there are again rumours that he'll play behind a front 2. I'd be very happy to see this tbh as it's something we've been lacking since Lubo left.

Nakata, never under estimate the pull of Celtic. We are a huge club stuck in a petty and poor League. If Shunsuke thinks that his own fans are fanatical then he's seen nothing yet. He will be the superstar of our team and he will be worshipped much like Larsson and Lubo.

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