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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Maradona Eyes Japan, $20 Million

BUENOS AIRES -- Former Argentine captain Diego Maradona is set to sign a $20 million two-year contract with a Japanese club, according to his manager Guillermo Coppola.


The 35-year-old midfielder should sign the deal within the next few days, provided he can obtain a visa, state-owned Telam news agency reported Thursday.


The Japanese club was not named.


"Diego hasn't forgotten that once they did not let him into Japan because he had a criminal case pending for taking drugs," Coppola said.


Japanese authorities barred Maradona, currently with Argentine side Boca Juniors, from playing in a warm-up match in their country before the 1994 World Cup finals because of cases pending involving the use of cocaine.


If he is granted a visa, Maradona would join the club in August.


Maradona is currently facing criminal proceedings for firing an air rifle at journalists outside his Buenos Aires mansion in February 1994.


State prosecutor Guillermo Altuve said Maradona "will have to present the conditions under which he wishes to make any journey and the judge can accept them or not."