Japanese international Shinji Okazaki is now a free agent, after Spanish club Malaga were forced to offload the striker due to his wages not fitting into their budget.

The 33-year-old had only been at the club for 34 days without playing a match and will now look elsewhere.

Okazaki had only departed Premier League club Leicester City at the conclusion of last season. He was part of the squad that won the Premier League in the 2015/16 campaign.

In addition to his prolific club career, Okazaki has made 122 caps for Japan and featured in the side that won the Asian Cup in 2011.

While he may not be in his prime anymore, a move to an A-League club or somewhere around Asia would be a positive one for the clubs and would add class to the league.

Okazaki has previously been linked with Sydney FC, however other clubs in the league would benefit from his signing, especially with involvement in the Asian Champions League being a factor.

While they did not win any trophies last season, Melbourne Victory’s signing of Keisuke Honda brought excitement to their squad and attracted new fans to their matches.

Wherever Okazaki’s next destination may be, his next club will benefit greatly from his quality.

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Tim Sperliotis
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