Real Madrid are burning the midnight oil to facilitate departures from their camp. The reigning Spanish and European champions are looking to clear out players who do not have a place on the roster at the earliest possible. And Takefusa Kubo is now headed for the exit doors.
Los Blancos signed Kubo, the ‘Japanese Messi’, on a free transfer in 2019. Since his arrival, the youngster has been on a loan spree. He spent two seasons at RCD Mallorca and a term each at Getafe and Villareal in the last four years. He now seems set to leave the club permanently.
According to Diario AS, Real Sociedad have won the race to sign Kubo on a permanent deal. Jose Luis Sanchez of La Sexta TV reports that the fee involved is €6 million and the contract will see him at the Basque club until 2027.
Real Madrid will retain 50% of the player’s rights and would hence have an equal share of any future transfer. Given that La Real plan on placing a €60 million release clause, that figure could go as high as €30 million.
Last season, the Japanese international participated in 28 league games for Mallorca and scored just one goal. He averaged just over a key pass per game and created three big chances.
With Carlo Ancelotti having the likes of Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vasquez and Eden Hazard at his disposal, Kubo would undoubtedly stand as a surplus. Furthermore, the non-EU spots in the squad are also occupied, leaving little room for the Japanese ace.
The club’s decision to part ways with the 21-year-old is understandable but a pity, given the high ceiling he was touted to have.
Arsenal boss requests €25 million-rated Real Madrid attacker
Marco Asensio is among the players who are facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid as we approach the second half of the campaign.
The attacker’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. And despite showing glimpses of his potential during the course of this campaign, his continuity in the Spanish capital is far from guaranteed.
According to Fichajes, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged the club to push for an operation to sign Asensio at the end of the season.
The Spanish tactician has identified Asensio as an ideal candidate to reinforce his ranks in the attacking unit. The Real Madrid star, after all, brings in a wealth of experience, having featured in over 260 competitive matches for Los Blancos.
The forward’s tally of 53 goals and 29 assists is not bad by any means either. And given his versatility in the final third of the pitch, he could be a useful addition for Arsenal in the coming season.
But the Real Madrid camp will not too keen on offloading their star player. The club have been impressed by the attacker’s performance, which could potentially lead to a renewal offer later this year.
However, it must be noted that Real Madrid are yet to table any official offer for the attacker. In fact, it is Arsenal who have started laying the groundwork and are expected to meet the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in London to discuss a potential move to Emirates Stadium.
It appears Liverpool are in the mix as well, though Arsenal remain the favourite due to the presence of Mikel Arteta. Barcelona, too, had showcased interest in signing Asensio in the summer, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Spaniard in the coming months.