Real Madrid have made a decision that all but kills off Celtic’s chances of signing Takefusa Kubo this season, according to ESPN.
The report has stated that the La Liga heavyweights want Kubo to go to either Real Sociedad or Sevilla this summer. This is reportedly down to their good relationship with both clubs.
Celtic had previously been linked with a loan move for the Japanese winger in June. A previous report from Spanish outlet AS stated that the Hoops were interested in taking Kubo for the season. PSG were also listed as potential suitors.
Kubo spent last season on loan with Mallorca in La Liga, so he wouldn’t be arriving at Parkhead with no experience should we pull a surprise move off. In fact, Kubo made 35 La Liga appearances last season and has also featured seven times for the Japanese national team (Transfermarkt).
Primarily a right-winger, Kubo would arrive at Parkhead to rival James Forrest. However, given Madrid’s reported preferences, it looks as though any potential move to Parkhead is dead.
Not a position that Neil Lennon is looking at
Interestingly, right-wing doesn’t look to be a position that Neil Lennon is looking to strengthen in anymore. A report from the Daily Mail this morning stated that Celtic are keener on improving at left-back, centre-back, and centre-forward respectively.
Kubo would certainly have injected some excitement to the Celtic supporters. However, there are more pressing areas that need attending to before we go hunting for further cover down the right.
It also makes real sense for Madrid to keep Kubo in La Liga. The style in the Spanish top flight is much different to that of the Scottish Premiership. You can see why Real want to get him further experience at home.
Barcelona legend Iniesta is one of the bigger names to have sung the praises of Kubo in the past. Speaking after he signed last year, Iniesta claimed that he was a “great talent”, and a player “who has what it takes to make it at a big club” (AS).
But after ESPN’s report, it’s looking more and more certain that Celtic won’t be the next step on his journey.