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Real Madrid open to the departure of Japanese winger for €15 million
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.
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Harry Kane’s signing could complicate Real Madrid’s plan to sign Erling Haaland in 2024
Those sitting in the Real Madrid offices are aware that the team needs an emergency number 9. In this context, manager Carlo Ancelotti has already affirmed that they are working on some targets, although he decided not to reveal any names.
Now, what makes this operation trickier is that Madrid already have Erling Haaland on their agenda. The Manchester City forward is billed for the summer of 2024, meaning that any signing Madrid make this year will be extremely short-term.
A couple of days back, we reported that Ancelotti has made the signing of Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane his priority. The manager is of the idea that the England international will be the ideal candidate to provide competition to Benzema, whose physical fitness is now deteriorating.
As far as Kane is concerned, the Tottenham forward is rightly expected to leave and fellow Premier League side Manchester United happen to be interested in his acquisition as well.
It is not really difficult for Madrid to sign Kane, but the fact that Madrid already have Haaland in their plans is a problem, reports AS. At 29 years of age, Kane is not someone who would step down from his starting role when Haaland arrives.
Add to it the continuity of Benzema is yet another issue. All this means there is a high possibility that if Kane arrives, the team will overbook the number 9 position.
At the moment, there is a parade of names that Madrid are following, namely, Goncalo Ramos, Dusan Vlahovic and even Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, but nothing is certain at the moment.
What Madrid need is a short-term option, someone who is either willing to settle for a secondary role, even when Benzema leave/retires or is ready to come on a season-long loan to cover the position until Madrid sign Haaland in 2024. Either way, Harry Kane does not fit the bill.