Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of FC Tokyo forward Takefusa Kubo on a six-year contract, the club have confirmed.
Los Blancos are said to have parted with a €2m transfer fee for the former Barcelona youth player, who looks set to join the Castilla team.
The attack-minded player spent four years in the Blaugrana’s La Masia youth academy but had to leave the club in 2015 when Barcelona were sanctioned for signing underage players illegally.
Kubo, who has been nicknamed ‘the Japanese Messi’, then signed for FC Tokyo but he celebrated his 18th birthday earlier this month and is subsequently available to return to European football.
The Japan Under-20 international is said to have caught the attention of sporting directors of ‘Europe’s biggest clubs’, while the Catalan giants dropped out of the running - Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City were also linked.
José Ángel Sánchez, general director of Los Blancos, is already said to have held meeting with the representatives of the player.
Kubo has netted six goals across 30 appearances for the Japanese club.