Real Madrid have officially announced the capture of Japanese sensation Takefusa Kubo, who was also being tailed by former club Barcelona.
Real Madrid have gone about their transfer business with some swagger this summer. While Florentino Perez has already splashed the cash to bring in necessary reinforcements in needed areas, their latest capture is one for the future. The Spanish giants have confirmed the signing of Takefusa Kubo from Tokyo FC.
Takefusa Kubo was also being tailed by Barcelona among few other top European clubs. Interestingly, the recently capped Japanese sensation has been dubbed the ‘Japanese Messi’ by many and will join Real Madrid’s Castilla team for the upcoming season, at least.
While there has been no fee reported in the official confirmation, news outlets have quoted the transfer at €2 million, which will be a bargain if Kubo lives up to the hype.
Takefusa Kubo has had a gloriously bumpy journey so far. Brought in by Barcelona at 10, the youngster dazzled at the younger age levels only for the club to be found guilty of breaching FIFA transfer rules regarding Under-18 players. This meant Kubo was ineligible to play for Barcelona and the youngster had to return to Japan, with Tokyo FC snapping him up.
At Tokyo FC, Kubo quietly went about his duties and built a reputation for himself. The 18-year-old was recently rewarded for his efforts with Tokyo FC as Japan capped the forward on the senior level. Kubo had been drawing interest from former club Barcelona and Real Madrid for a while.
But, it seems Barcelona have failed to land the 18-year-old, who is likely to have chosen Real Madrid after the earlier debacle at the La Liga champions. The capture falls in line with Real Madrid’s transfer policy of bringing in future stars, having already seen Vinicius Jr. impress, with Rodrygo scheduled to arrive as well.
Kubo will join Castilla and hope to compete with the likes of Cristo and Dani Gomez for a spot upfront while also being an option to compete with Augusto Galvin in attacking midfield, depending on the formation.
Castilla prefer a 4-4-2, which means Kubo’s addition is a welcome one, with Cristo and Dani Gomez the only forwards in their squad currently.
The Japanese international though, will be focused on adding to his solitary senior cap for Japan at Copa America, where the nation has taken a relatively young squad. For Real Madrid fans, this will prove to be an opportunity to take a better look at their latest capture.