After signing with Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy, Real Madrid were close to reaching an agreement to acquire FC Tokyo striker Takefusa Kubo.
Kubo is a former young Barcelona player and is known by the nickname “Messi in Japan”. According to the Marca newspaper, Kubo will soon sign a five-year contract for the Los Blancos.
Marca also added that Real Madrid will pay FC Tokyo a transfer fee of 2 million euros. Earlier this month, Mundo Deportivo reported that Kubo was the target of several European clubs, in which Real Madrid and Manchester City were the two teams showing the most interest in the Japanese football prodigy.
Kubo spent four years studying at Barcelona’s La Masia Academy but had to leave the Spanish club in 2015 because the Catalans were sanctioned for signing underage players. After leaving Barca, Kubo signed for FC Tokyo, where he scored 6 goals in 30 appearances.
Kubo just celebrated his 18th birthday on June 4, which means he is ready to return to European football. Football Espana added that while Real Madrid wanted to sign Kubo, his former club Barcelona did not have any moves to bring the talent back to the Nou Camp.
If he joins Real, Kubo will be the Japanese player, the first Asian player to play for the Spanish Royal team. Eden Hazard wants to win every title possible with Real Madrid after having reaped most of the glory in his 7 years with Chelsea.
Real Madrid have successfully recruited Eden Hazard, the first star to coach Zinedine Zidane’s squad. “I want to be the best player in the best team in the world. I have had a lot of glory at Chelsea and now I want to win many championships at Real Madrid. This is a very new challenge, I always yearn to be,” “, Eden Hazard responded during the grand opening ceremony at the Santiago Bernabeu.