Los Blancos snap up 'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo — Real Madrid transfers

Tanya Simon
June 14, 2019

Real Madrid have won the race to sign Japanese sensation Takefusa Kubo, with the youngster agreeing a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu having previously spent time with Barcelona.

Barcelona have kept tabs on the player since, but Real Madrid now look to be the front-runners to sign Kubo, whose dribbling skills made him a YouTube hit as a small boy.

In a statement on their website the club confirmed the signing, also revealing he'll be joining their Castilla side, "Takefusa Kubo (06/04/2001, Kanagawa, Japan) will reinforce Castilla next season".

Madrid will pay 2m euros (£1.78m) to Japanese top-flight side FC Tokyo for the player, reports Marca.

Kubo had previously been at Barcelona's La Masia for four years between 2011 and 2015 but the club had to release the then 14 year old.

The attacker has been on a hot recent scoring streak in the J-League first-division, netting four goals across his last four games this season, but now has a chance to make a much bigger splash for one of the world's most prestigious teams.

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He had a loan spell at Yokohama F. Marinos back in 2018, opening his goalscoring account for the club with a strike on his debut.

Kubo in Japan training. The former La Masia pupil, who was forced to leave after Federation Internationale de Football Association ruled his move to Spain as illegal, is now free to return to Europe because he's turned 18.

Kubo, 18, is on duty at the Copa America with Japan, for whom he made his global debut on 9 June against El Salvador.

This is coming after the Los Blancos unveiled forward, Eden Hazard, on Thursday.

Will Kuba end up being the next Messi or just another hyped up failure?

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