Spanish La Liga giants, Real Madrid have added another player, Takefusa Kubo, to their squad on Friday.
Kubo, who is fondly called the ‘Japanese Messi’ by fans, was described by Real as “one of the most promising young players in the world.”
The 18-year-old has already made his debut with the Japan national team, and will be on duty at the Copa America which kicks off this weekend.
According to reports from Spain, Madrid will pay 2m euros to Japanese top-flight side FC Tokyo for the player, who will join Real Madrid Castilla, the club’s reserve team.
Kubo was on Barcelona’s books from the ages of nine to 13 but had to return home when the Spanish club were found guilty of youth transfer breaches and given a transfer ban.
Madrid are reported to have offered the teenager a five-year contract worth 1m euros a year.
He has played 13 times for FC Tokyo in 2019, scoring four goals.