Reports: Barcelona and Real Madrid lead chase for ‘Japanese Messi’

Spanish rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid have reportedly set their sights on Asian teenage prodigy, Takefusa Kubo. Presently at FC Tokyo, the 17-year-old is expected to leave at the end of the season. 

Dubbed as ‘The Japanese Messi’, the youngster spent three years at La Masia turning in stellar performances for the club’s academy sides. However, the Catalan giants fell foul of FIFA regulations on international transfers involving under-18 players, making Kubo ineligible to play for the club. The attacking midfielder returned to Japan in March 2015, signing with FC Tokyo’s youth team.

Interest in the diminutive teenager has peaked once more with a host of European heavyweights tussling for the player. While Marca reports that Barcelona is keen on re-signing the heir apparent to Messi, they are in for some tough competition. Arch-nemesis Real Madrid and French money bags, PSG are also in the fray. However, if reports are to believed, the two Spanish clubs are set to duke it out over his signature.

FOX Sports Asia probability ratings: 2/5; The fleet-footed attacker is blessed with pace, dribbles effortlessly and is technically sound. But lads, it’s Marca! The daily is hard-wired to manufacture rumours, especially if Real Madrid can be drawn into it. One wouldn’t be surprised if Kubo settles for the Blue and Red of Barcelona, but the Madrid angle has the feeling of a real stinker.