Shinji Okazaki has been linked with a move back to his home country this summer with Vissel Kobe.

The forward is available on a free transfer following his departure from Leicester, with Calciomercato claiming the player is keen on a move to the Japanese side.

The striker joined Leicester in 2015 and played a key role in the Foxes Premier League triumph, providing Claudio Ranieri with an alternative option to Jamie Vardy up front.

Vissel Kobe currently sit 13th in the Japanese top division and will be hoping for improvements.

If Okazaki does make the move to the club this summer, he will be joining the likes of Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Lukas Podolski.

Okazaki featured 21 times last season under Claude Puel and Brendan Rodgers side but was unable to find the back of the net.

The 33-year-old was clearly not in Rodgers’ plans next season, with the Northern Irishman expected to add to his attacking ranks ahead of the new season.

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