In recent years, when Real Madrid sell talented youngsters from their club, they make sure to insert a buyback clause in the deal or retain 50% of the player’s rights, so that they have some degree of control over the future.
The same strategy was applied this past summer as the Merengues bid goodbye to talented prospects such as Sergio Arribas and Carlos Dotor, among others.
A similar provision allowed Los Blancos to re-sign Fran Garcia from Rayo Vallecano for just €5 million and Real Madrid could make use of the same tactic to bring back another former player they sold a while ago.
Real Madrid tracking Takefusa Kubo
Indeed, as per SPORT, Real Madrid are closely tracking the progress and development of Takefusa Kubo at Real Sociedad and could consider a move for him in the future.
Having signed Kubo back in the summer of 2019, Los Blancos constantly farmed him out on loan before parting ways with the Japanese winger permanently in 2022.
The Spanish capital club sold Kubo to Real Sociedad for a fee of €6 million but retained 50% rights of the 22-year-old.
Since signing for Sociedad, the Japanese international has grown into a vital cog in Imanol Alguacil’s side, racking up 12 goals and ten assists from 48 matches.
Kubo has been on fire in the new season, registering three goals and an assist in the first four La Liga games, and as such Real Madrid have been closely monitoring the 22-year-old’s progress.
Kubo has a €60 million release clause
As per the report, Sociedad have inserted a €60 million release clause in Kubo’s contract.
Considering that Real Madrid still own 50% of the winger’s rights, it would enable them to sign him for €30 million – an option that they are not ruling out at this point.
Kubo attracted interest from several clubs this past summer, including Napoli, but there was nothing concrete.
If he continues on the same upward trajectory, more suitors could line up, possibly including Real Madrid.
Injured Real Madrid defender will undergo scans tomorrow – report
Real Madrid have started the 2023/24 campaign on a strong note, winning six in six across all competitions.
What makes the streak even more impressive is that they have had to do so without a number of key players present.
Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, Arda Guler and Vinicius Jr are still out on the sidelines while Dani Ceballos and Ferland Mendy have only recently returned from injury.
But, earlier this week, Dani Carvajal became the latest victim of the injury course as he sustained a muscle issue that ruled him out of the match against Union Berlin last night.
Carvajal will undergo MRI tomorrow
Carvajal had been in fine form prior to his injury earlier this week and his absence is certainly a blow.
With a game against Atletico Madrid coming up later this weekend, Mario Cortegana of The Athletic is reporting that the 31-year-old will undergo his MRI scans tomorrow morning.
It should present a clearer picture of the extent of the veteran right-back’s injury following which a potential date for his return could be determined.
Prior to the Union Berlin match, manager Carlo Ancelotti sounded optimistic about Carvajal’s condition, as he said:
“Carvajal has an overload, we prefer not to take any risks. It’s nothing serious, he’ll undergo tests tomorrow and we hope he recovers soon. Carvajal can make it to the derby. The feelings are good.”
But tomorrow’s scans should provide a better picture of how his condition is and when he can make a comeback.
Lucas Vazquez: an able deputy
With Dani Carvajal unavailable, Carlo Ancelotti turned to Lucas Vazquez for the right-back position and the veteran Spaniard did not disappoint last night.
Indeed, the 32-year-old was a regular outlet going forward down the right flank and made six key passes against Union Berlin.
And Ancelotti will count on him again in the derby versus Atleti if Carvajal’s recovery will take longer.