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21-year-old Real Madrid attacking prodigy set for €6 million move to La Liga club
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.
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Real Madrid offered the chance to sign Brazilian striker, one of 4-5 names on radar
There is no secret that Real Madrid might consider a move for a new striker in the coming summer. With Karim Benzema slowly nearing the end of his career, the club are looking for a viable alternative ahead of the new season.
Carlo Ancelotti has been left impressed by the performances of Rodrygo in the centre forward position. But the club could still use the services of a more recognised option in the number nine position.
The Spanish giants are reportedly assessing La Liga for a potential low-cost option. But they are also open to looking through in other leagues, in their bid to add more depth in the attacking department.
To that end, Fabrizio Romano claims Real Madrid are eyeing a swoop for Roberto Firmino. The Liverpool star has become the latest player to be shortlisted by Los Blancos, with his current contract at Liverpool expiring at the end of the season.
Formerly of TSG Hoffenheim, Firmino has a stellar track record of performing in Europe. He has scored 110 goals in 361 competitive matches during his time at Liverpool, winning the Premier League and the Champions League title.
A centre forward by trade, Roberto is known for his tactical flexibility and the ability to shift into wider areas to build up the player.
It makes him an appealing target for Real Madrid, who would prefer a versatile striker in their ranks that can not only provide cover for Benzema but also the likes of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.
Real Madrid, though, are yet to hold any discussions with Roberto Firmino just yet. He has just been added to the list of targets and one would expect the Spanish giants to make a move once the season is over and the player becomes a free agent.