Sota Nakazawa and Hayato Sasaki could be the first players to head out of the door at Banpaku.
Nakazawa is believed to be a transfer target of Jubilo Iwata. The centre back has made over 200 appearances for the club since joining from Kashiwa Reysol in 2007 but struggled with injuries this year and was absent for most of the second half of the campaign. He is often viewed as a more potent goal threat than he is a defender and as he is on the wrong side of 30 he is perhaps a prime target for departure from a club looking to rebuild for the future.
Sasaki joined from Montedio Yamagata in 2008 but his career at Gamba has seen him starting from the bench more often than not with over 100 substitute appearances compared to a mere 53 starts. Under Akira Nishino he became noted for his regular introductions around the 65 minute mark as he was often brought on to add pace to the Gamba attack. He hasn’t featured as much this season and is now also in his 30s so he is unlikely to be offered a new contract when his current deal runs out at the end of this season.
Keisuke Iwashita is also likely to depart Banpaku at the end of the season as his loan from Shimizu S-Pulse expires in January and the club are not expected to make the deal permanent.