Flying Donkeys admit defeat in chase for Japan star
By Edwin Chong
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Flying Donkeys were tipped as favourites to sign the 26-year-old striker this summer but Serie B champions Sampdoria appear to have beaten them to his signature after they failed to match the player's £2.15 million asking price.
However, a club official told the Japanese media that Chievo will keep on looking for an up-and-coming player in Japan.
"We have decided to give up our interest in Yanagisawa," he said.
"Instead, we will search for a promising youngster who we can develop.
"The club will dispatch scouts to several J-League teams in the next few days."
Chievo are currently on tour in Japan to play in a series of friendly matches.