Unai Emery and Villarreal have reportedly stolen a march on signing Real Madrid’s Takefusa Kubo on loan after Bayern Munich were rebuffed.
Kubo is hot on everybody’s radars this summer following a superb loan spell at RCD Mallorca. The team may have suffered relegation, but the 19-year-old proved his class in La Liga. A host of European sides, therefore, have approached parent club Real Madrid.
Reports have linked Sevilla, Villarreal, Celta Vigo, Granada, Osasuna, Ajax, and Paris Saint-Germain with ‘Take’ recently.
Most recently journalist Marcos Benito announced on Spanish TV show El Chiringuito de Jugones that Kubo will again leave Real Madrid on loan, but only for another club in Spain.
This coincides with a new report from Diario AS claiming that Real Madrid rejected an approach from Bayern Munich. While the German champions made a tempting offer to take Kubo on loan; both player and club wish for him to stay in La Liga.
That turn of events has allegedly left Villarreal as the new frontrunners to sign Kubo. According to AS, the Japan international is open to playing for the Yellow Submarine.
Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who replaced Javier Calleja as manager last month, is determined to seal a deal despite Celta ramping up their efforts lately.
But Villarreal can offer Kubo his first experience of European football next season in the Europa League. They’ll also agree to hand him regular action, which is Kubo’s top priority. He apparently wants to join a club on loan that can provide him around 40 appearances in a campaign.
Should this come true, the Estadio de la Ceramica will play host to potentially one of the biggest young talents next season.