Real Madrid confirm signing of 'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo

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Real Madrid have announced the signing of highly-rated Japan teenager Takefusa Kubo from FC Tokyo.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who had also been linked to Barcelona, Manchester City and Paris St Germain, will join Madrid’s reserve team Castilla next season.

A statement on Real’s official website read: “The top level of the Madrid academy will count in their ranks one of the most promising young players in world football. A technically gifted and hugely talented attacking midfielder, he possess wonderful vision, quick feet and has an eye for goal.”

Kubo, who made his international debut against El Salvador earlier this month and is in Japan’s squad for the upcoming Copa America, had been on Barca’s books as a youngster.

However, the ‘Japanese Messi’ was among the players who left the Catalan giants after Barca were sanctioned by FIFA in 2014 for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

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Transfer predictor: Adrien Rabiot to Juventus gets an 8

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Adrien Rabiot

Struggling to pick out the facts from the figures? Reality from the rubbish? Sense from the silly season? We’ve got you sorted in our daily dose of the Transfer Predictor, where we round up the latest rumours with an analytical spin.

We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why.

Today’s edition features potential signings for Juventus, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Adrien Rabiot

Rabiot

PSG -> free transfer -> Juventus

Adrien Rabiot confirmed in an interview with Corriere dello Sport that he is in talks with Juventus as he seeks a move away from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Rabiot has been ostracised from the PSG squad after his infamous antics last summer and, with his contract at Parc des Princes expiring later this month, his departure is imminent. Juventus are favourites to land the midfielder and, with no transfer fee involved, the move can materialise smoothly.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

The possibility of Rabiot extending his stay with PSG following the potential departure of Thomas Tuchel cannot be ignored, no matter how unlikely it seems. Also, Manchester United are believed to be in a tussle with the Serie A champions, with the player previously admitting that he is yet to make a decision between the two clubs.

Transfer rating: 8/10

Antoine Griezmann

Griezmann #7

Atletico Madrid -> £95 million -> Manchester United

Goal are reporting that the Griezmann transfer saga could see a new twist with Manchester United making a last minute bid for the Frenchman.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Unlike at Barcelona, Griezmann could be the undisputed king at United and have the team built around him. His friendship and good chemistry with compatriot Paul Pogba could convince him to sign for the Red Devils.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Atletico Madrid CEO Gil Marin confirmed earlier this week that Barcelona have won the race to sign the forward and should announce the move by the start of July. If rumours are to be true, the agreement between clubs and player is already done and the move in inevitable. Should the transfer prove to be false, PSG could make a last minute bid to secure the 28-year-old’s services.

Transfer predictor: 4/10

Joao Cancelo

Cancelo

Juventus -> undisclosed -> Manchester City

Joao Cancelo could become a Manchester City player by as early as next week, according to Tuttosport.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Despite investing heavily in defenders, the back-line is still the weakest link in City’s system. Cancelo can bring a lot of quality to Pep Guardiola’s defence, while providing fire-power in the final third. Danilo has been linked with a move to Inter and a versatile full-back like Cancelo, who can play on either side of the pitch, will be a solid signing at the Etihad. With the prospect of playing under Pep, Cancelo could make a switch to the Premier League this summer.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

With four years still to run on Cancelo’s contract, the Serie A side would demand a hefty transfer fee that might put off City. Besides, there are lots of incentives for Cancelo to continue at Juventus. He has already established himself as a crucial player at the club and would be guaranteed more game time in Turin.

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Tottenham set to make improved bid for Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso

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Giovani Lo Celso

Tottenham could be willing to break their transfer record not once but twice this summer in their bid to land Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso and Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele, the Mirror reports.

After having their £53million bid for Lo Celso rejected, Spurs are said to be considering a bumper offer and are in negotiations for £71million-rated Ndombele, the paper says.

Although boss Mauricio Pochettino looks unlikely to offer the full asking price for either player, he could go above the £42million club record.

Manchester City have gone cold in their pursuit of Harry Maguire after Leicester City slapped a £90million price tag on him, the Daily Mail reports.

Pep Guardiola is said to see the England defender as a successor for Vincent Kompany.

However the price – which would be a world record for a defender – is said to have put the Premier League champions off. Manchester United are also said to be interested in the 26-year-old, but also find the fee too much according to reports.

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