Barcelona have completed the signing of midfielder Hiroki Abe from Kashima Antlers in a deal worth €1.1m, it has been confirmed.
The 20-year-old appeared in all three matches for his nation in this summer’s Copa America tournament, having previously starred for Japan at youth level.
He had played 48 games in the J1 League for Kashima and netted four goals and won the Young Player of the Year award for the division in 2018.
It is said that the Blaugrana have paid the termination clause in the player’s contract and he has penned a four-year deal at the Blaugrana, with a minimum release clause of €40m – rising to €100m should he play for the first team.
It is expected that Abe would go nto the club’s B side and would be the second Japanese player to move to La Liga this summer following Real Madrid’s signing of Takefusa Kubo.
Kashima Antlers currently occupy fourth place in the first division of the J League. In this season, Abe has played in fourteen games and scored one goal.