BARCELONA are said to be seething over losing Japanese ‘once in a generation’ talent Takefusa Kubo to bitter rivals Real Madrid.
And to make matters worse for the Catalans, the 18-year-old is already wowing Los Blancos’ coaches.
Kubo signed for Madrid for around £1.78million in June and is likely to feature in their official first-team photo for this campaign.
The young midfielder has been training with Madrid’s first team at their pre-season camp in Montreal.
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Having made his international debut in June, Kubo has been compared to 19-year-old winger Vinicius Jr who signed for Los Blancos from Flamengo for £39million last summer and quickly broke into the starting-11.
And Spanish paper AS claim Barcelona are fuming at losing the ‘once in a generation talent’.
Kubo was part of the Catalans’ famous youth academy from age nine to 13 but went back to Japan after they were found guilty of breaching youth transfer rules.
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The youngster went on to play 13 matches for Tokyo FC in last season’s J-League notching four goals in the process.
Barcelona are currently caught up in another transfer saga involving the potential signing of Brazilian forward Neymar.
While Madrid are still reportedly trying to offload Gareth Bale who recently ruled out a move to China.