Report: Arsenal and Manchester City to do battle over Barcelona's Takefusa Kubo

Arsenal and Manchester City are reportedly set to fight for Barcelona teenager Takefusa Kubo.

According to a Daily Mirror report, Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester City could soon be making approaches for 13-year-old Takefusa Kubo, dubbed Take for short.

The young star is currently plying his trade in the Catalan club's La Masia youth system after moving to Spain from Asia two years ago as an 11-year-old.

However, doubt has been cast over whether Barcelona's first ever Japanese player will have a future at the club after they were penalised last week for breaking rules on signing youngsters.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, the international quasi-judicial body that settles sporting disputes, has ruled that Take will not be allowed to play for Barcelona until he reaches his 18th birthday.

As a result, his family have reportedly decided that the boy will likely be leaving La Masia and this has sparked reports that the Gunners and City will revive their interest.

Barcelona beat the Premier League sides to his signature two years ago, but the pair are likely to have much more competition this time, especially considering the teenage striker has been honoured with the 'new Messi' tag by many.

Take received the nickname after displaying similar performances to Messi's for his young Barca side, including one game in which he managed to score six goals.

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