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.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.