Tanaka keen on Botafogo move says father
The Brazilian born defender has been strongly linked with a move to the Alvinegro side and could be set to return to his homeland having spent fifteen years out in the far east.
Speaking to Rádio Brasil, the centre-back's father, Paulo Tanaka, revealed that his son has informed the family of his interest in moving to Botafogo.
''We are happy because he is coming back. He's already said that he could be coming back to Brazil to play for Botafogo, who are a big club. He's showed interest in playing there, especially because he wants to play for Oswaldo (de Oliveira).''
Paulo is also confident that his son can become an instant success in Brazil, despite never playing professional football in the country.
''I'm sure Túlio will win over the (Botafogo) fans. He has a lot of empathy. If he comes, I believe he will stay and become a champion with Botafogo.''
In 2004, the defender obtained a Japanese citizenship and chose to represent Japan, scoring eight goals in forty three appearances. The thirty three year old now currently plays for Japanese side, Nagoya Grampus.