Real Madrid are eyeing a shock move to snatch FC Tokyo whizkid Take Kubo away from Barcelona, with the player having previously represented the Catalans.
Spanish publication Sport are claiming that Real Madrid are looking to provide another massive blow to what has been an underwhelming summer so far for Barcelona. FC Tokyo whizkid Take Kubo, who was previously at Barcelona, and was expected to join the Catalans in the future again, has emerged as a target for Los Blancos.
The situation revolving around the Japanese wonder boy is strange indeed. The youngster has already made his senior debut for FC Tokyo and is one of the hottest properties in Asian football right now.
Interestingly, the player has represented Barcelona earlier. Kubo joined the La Masia academy back in 2011 and impressed straight away, with 74 goals in 30 appearances for the Under-11s, which saw the player being promoted up to the Under-14s.
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However, Barcelona were found guilty of breaching FIFA’s rule regarding international transfers with respect to youth players, which meant the club could no longer field the youngster and Kubo returned to Japan in 2015 to join FC Tokyo.
And Kubo continued to impress, becoming the youngest ever scorer in J-League’s history – the youngster scored at the age of 15 years and 10 months in a 1-0 win against Cerezo Osaka. His displays have seen him represent Japan at the Under-20 level already.
And while the player has been largely expected to join Barcelona again when he turns 18, Real Madrid are now planning to hijack the move and bring the player over to the Spanish capital instead.
Florentino Perez has already handed several rejections in the transfer market to Barcelona. Brazilian wonderkid Vinicius Junior opted for Los Blancos while Dani Ceballos also rejected Barcelona to join Real instead.
Barcelona, on the other hand, have been having a nightmarish transfer window. Not only have they seen multiple approaches for the likes of Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho, Hector Bellerin and others rejected, but they are also set to lose Neymar to PSG in a world record move.
To add to the misery, several graduates of the La Masia academy have departed the club and if Real are successful in the pursuit of Take Kubo, we might just be seeing the start of an era of domination from Real Madrid, with such a stacked roster.