Real Madrid has signed an 18-year-old dubbed the 'Japanese Messi' after already spending $342 million on transfers

  • Real Madrid and FC Tokyo have agreed a $US2.25 million deal that will see Takefusa Kubo move to the Spanish capital.
  • Kubo, an 18-year-old with star potential, has moved to Spain before when he was 9 years old.
  • He enjoyed a four-year spell at FC Barcelona’s world-renowned youth academy where he earned the nickname “The Japanese Messi.”
  • The player, who recently made his international debut with Japan, could earn more than $US1 million a year should he move to Madrid.
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Real Madrid has signed Takefusa Kubo, an 18-year-old Japanese player with superstar potential.

Kubo is used to interest from Spain’s top teams. When he was 9 years old he was invited to FC Barcelona’s world-renowned “La Masia” youth academy where he earned him the nickname “The Japanese Messi,” according to The Japan Times.

The attacking midfielder furthered his game for four years with Barça, returned to Japan, and has since developed at FC Tokyo where he plays with a maturity that belies his teenage years.

He has recently become a first team staple at the J1 League team, and has even scored four goals in his last four games including a brace in the 3-1 win over Oita Trinita on June 1.

Kubo made his international debut on June 9, playing for Japan in the 2-0 win against El Salvador, and is part of the squad in the upcoming 2019 Copa America tournament in Brazil.

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And the next stage in the teenager’s career has already arrived as Real Madrid has confirmed an agreement has been reached between Real and Tokyo regarding Kubo’s future.

“Takefusa Kubo will come in to strengthen the Castilla ranks next season,” a club statement read. “The top level of the Madridista academy is set to get its hands on one of the most promising youngsters in world football.

“A technically gifted and hugely talented attacking midfielder, he possess wonderful vision, quick feet and has an eye for goal.”

The Spanish publication MARCA reports that Real will pay Tokyo $US2.25 million for Kubo, while also offering the player an annual salary of $US1.125 million.

The news follows reports that Real, a club that has already spent $US342 million on players this summer, could embark on further expenditure as it targets the Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and the Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.

Though Kubo would not be expected to feature in Real’s first team, fans could get a glimpse of the player in the Copa America competition as Japan plays Chile in its first group game on Tuesday, and Kubo could make an appearance.

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