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Real Madrid will not spend €30 million to re-sign former winger from La Liga rivals



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It has taken some time but former Real Madrid prodigy Takefusa Kubo is finally starting to blossom in La Liga after a few middling seasons.

Regarded as one of the brightest young talents across the globe, Kubo, a former trainee at Barcelona’s La Masia youth setup, was signed by Real Madrid in 2019 from Japanese side FC Tokyo.

But with no non-EU spots available in the squad, the young winger was farmed out on loan, first to RCD Mallorca, then to Villarreal, and Getafe, before he returned to Mallorca for one more stint last season.

However, none of those spells were fruitful enough. And last summer, Real Madrid decided to sanction Kubo’s permanent transfer, letting him join Real Sociedad for €6.5 million, albeit while retaining 50% rights of the player.

And, the 21-year-old attacking prodigy is slowly starting to deliver on his potential. In 38 matches this term, Kubo has scored and assisted seven goals apiece.

Real Madrid, who have the option of matching any offer that arrives for Kubo, are understood to be monitoring him closely at Sociedad.

Kubo has a release clause worth €60 million in his Real Sociedad contract. And considering that Real Madrid own 50% of his rights, they could very well re-sign him for €30 million. But according to AS (h/t RM4Arab), Los Blancos will not lift a finger to bring him back to the club at that price.

Real Madrid face Real Sociedad later today at Reale Arena. On the eve of the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti spoke about Kubo and his progress, saying:

“He has been with us and is doing very well with Real Sociedad. We will talk about him in the coming months given the competition in the squad.”

However, as things stand, there are no plans to spend €30 million to bring Kubo back in the summer at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The player, for his part, has admitted that he is not thinking about a return to Madrid and wants to succeed with Sociedad.

“Right now I’m a Real Sociedad player and I don’t think about anything else. The coach looks after me very well, and so do my teammates. If it wasn’t for Real [Sociedad], I would have lost my ticket for the World Cup,” he had said, during the World Cup.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report



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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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