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.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.