Manchester City are interested in recruiting Japan’s answer to Lionel Messi, according to the Mail, with one-time Barcelona wonder-kid Takefusa Kubo on the radar of the Premier League champions.
At the age of just 18, Kubo has already gone through plenty in a bizarre and short professional career.
He joined Barcelona’s world renowned La Masia academy at the age of just 12 and scored 74 goals in 30 games during his first season with the Catalan’s youth teams.
But Barca were forced to give up one of their brightest young gems when they were found guilty of breaching FIFA’s international policy for signing U18s.
These days, Kubo is back in Japan with Yokahoma F Marinos but it seems only a matter of time before he is on his way back to Europe.
And this could take him to the North West of England. The Mail claims that Manchester City have expressed an interest in the fleet-footed teenager, who joined Barcelona when Pep Guardiola was still at the Camp Nou helm.
Real Madrid are also keen.
Interestingly, Kubo opened up about his admiration for Liverpool in 2016, telling Goal that Jurgen Klopp’s side are his favourite team to watch.
"The team I think play the most interesting football is Liverpool," he said. "I feel they are awesome when I watch their games. It’s not really to say they are my ‘favourite’, but more like ‘awesome’.”
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