Real Madrid close to complete signing of Japanese star Kubo dubbed as new Messi

Real Madrid close to complete signing of Japanese star Kubo dubbed as new Messi

- Real Madrid are one step away from signing Japanese teenage sensation Takefusa Kubo

- The 18-year-old is preparing top play in Copa America tournament slated for Brazil

- Kubo who was once dubbed as the 'Japanese Messi' played for Barcelona at age nine

Real Madrid are set to continue their summer spending with the arrival of Japanese starlet Takefusa Kubo.

Kubo who just turned 18 this month will leave his club FC Tokyo, after being linked with a number of top European sides.

According to Japanese news agency KYODO, the attacking midfielder has now agreed to join Real Madrid.

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The agreement comes days after the youngster made his for senior appearance for Japan in a pre-Copa America friendly against El Salvador.

And it is understood that the Spanish giants will pay just £1.7million with the deal set to be announced anytime from now.

Kubo who was once called the 'Japanese Messi' will return to Spain after having a short spell with Madrid's fiercest rivals Barcelona.

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He joined Braca at the age of nine in 2011, but was banned from playing in 2015 because he was one of the underage players illegally brought to the club according to new FIFA rule.

Kubo is currently training with the Japanese national side preparing the Copa America tournament in Brazil and has scored four goals in his last four J-League matches.

The young lad is not expected to immediately challenge for a place in Madrid's first team, but is seen as a long-term project at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Ferland Mendy completed a dream move to Real Madrid for a fee reported to be in the region of £47million in the next five years.

The 24-year-old was told at one point during his boyhood by doctors that he will never play the game because of a hip injury. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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