Real Madrid sign 'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo

Kubo joined Barca’s academy when he was just nine years old

Kubo joined Barca’s academy when he was just nine years old

They have now completed a deal for their sixth new player - Japan worldwide Takefusa Kubo.

Japan's ascendant star playmaker Takefusa Kubo is set to depart FC Tokyo for a move to Spanish giant Real Madrid, sources close to the matter said Friday.

Kubo is now training with the Japanese national side preparing the Copa America tournament in Brazil and has scored four goals in his last four J-League matches.

"Takefusa Kubo (06/04/2001, Kanagawa, Japan) will reinforce Castilla next season".

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The attacking midfielder has been on a hot scoring streak recently 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. The Japan worldwide was a youth player for the Blaugrana from 2011 till 2015 and even finished his first full season with seventy-four goals in thirty games.

Fierce rivals Barca tried to sign Kubo back in 2014, but were hit by a Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer ban for breaching rules on signing under-age players.

Kubo who just turned 18 this month will leave his club FC Tokyo, after being linked with a number of top European sides.

At just 18 years of age, Kubo has already made his full Japan global debut (on the 9th of June against El Salvador).

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