Real Madrid completed the signing of Takefusa Kubo from FC Tokyo for a €2 million fee in June 2019. The player was dubbed as the Japanese Messi, and played for Barcelona’s youth team from 2011-2015.
Since then, Kubo has gone on loan to several clubs in La Liga. Most recently, he moved to RCD Mallorca where he has once again proved his mettle.
According to reports from Fichajes, Real Madrid are prepared to sell the youngster, and several clubs are interested in his signing. Mallorca are reportedly preparing their first offer and intend to present it in the coming weeks.
A big factor in the operation would be the Palma based side’s continuity in La Liga. Luis Garcia’s team currently sit two points above the relegation zone and risk losing the player if they drop down.
Real Madrid could charge a fee of €10-€15 million for Kubo’s transfer. Moreover, they are expected to retain 50% of the player’s rights.
In 15 league starts for Mallorca, Kubo has scored one goal. He averages two shots per game and produces 1.5 key passes in the same duration. So far, he has created three big chances and missed one.
Carlo Ancelotti does not fancy the winger’s future at Real Madrid and has given the green light for his sale. Moreover, the potential arrival of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe in the summer further reduces the need for the Japanese player.
Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back
Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.
Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.
The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.
Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.
The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.
Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.
The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.
With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.
Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.
Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.