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Hiroshi Kiyotake may spurn Sounders for Japan return

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There don’t appear to be any offers yet, but several outlets have reported his preference is to go home if he leaves Sevilla.

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The Hiroshi Kiyotake situation may be a bit more complicated that it looked just 24 hours ago. Although Sevilla still plans to sign Walter Montoya — which would force them to clear an non-EU roster spot — there’s at least a possibility that the move can’t be fully completed until the summer transfer window. If that happens, Sevilla doesn’t seem to be in any rush to move Kiyotake and he doesn’t seem to be angling for a way out.

On the other side of the coin, Kiyotake seems inclined to wait for a move to Japan to materialize rather than rushing to accept the Sounders’ offer. There’s also rumors that the Bundesliga’s FSV Mainz 05 has put up a €6 million transfer offer.

All of which is to say that Kiyotake’s future is still very much up in the air. Kiyotake could obviously still have a change of heart and join the Sounders, but the possibility of that happening in June rather than now remains as possible as anything else.