Japan international Kazuyoshi Miura has received a formal offer to play for Vissel Kobe. "Kazu" is currently on the books of Kyoto Purple Sanga.
Currently and technically, "Kazu" is on the books of Kyoto Purple Sanga, who have already informed the 33-year-old they do not want his services for the 2001 season.
Kazu, who was third in the league in scoring in 2000, revealed last week that he had been "talking to several clubs," among them Vissel. Kobe reportedly extended him a one-year contract worth 60 million yen.
In mid-year, Avispa Fukuoka approached Sanga with a transfer request for Kazu but was turned down. Kazu's older brother Yasutoshi plays for Avispa.
Verdy Kawasaki, where Kazu spent the first six years of his J.League career, is rumored to be making a move for him as well.
Kazu is deflecting questions about his proposed role as player-coach at the next World Cup, saying "I honestly don't know what to make of 2002." But he has never made secret of his lifelong desire to play in the World Cup, which is only 18 months away.
Kazu's playing career will continue, somewhere, somehow.