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Barcelona plans to sign a Japanese wonderkid

Barcelona plans to sign a Japanese wonderkid

Barcelona is about to complete a contract to buy Hiroki Abe from Kashima Antlers club for €2 million.

Arriving at the Camp Nou, Hiroki Abe will not yet wear a team shirt, but temporarily leave for Barcelona B. The 20-year-old himself has expressed his wish to leave since June.

Barcelona as well as Kashima hope the transfer can be completed next week. According to Nikkan, his impressive performance at the Copa America in the Japanese shirt colors made Barca decide to spend money on him.

Hiroki Abe joined Kashima in 2017. In J.League, he played 48 matches and scored 4 goals. Player born in 1999 is 1.71 m tall but has an extremely skillful play.

Except for the striker position that requires a lot of bodybuilding, Hiroki Abe can kick many places on the attack, such as left-back striker, right-deflection and forward striker. The Transfermarkt site valued him in a million euros, but Barcelona is willing to pay double that figure.

Before Hiroki Abe, Barcelona seemed to own another raw Japanese jewel, Takefusa Kubo. However, the reluctance to spend money made them lose him to Real Madrid. The Bernabeu team also spent 2 million euros to buy Takefusa Kubo with the salary of one million euros per year.

Takefusa Kubo had previously practiced in Barcelona, likened to "Japanese Messi". The Camp Nou team wants to recruit Takefusa Kubo since 2014, when the player is the boy. However, Barcelona could not bring Kubo to the risk of being punished by UEFA for signing a player who is younger than prescribed.