Real Madrid attacking midfielder Takefusa Kubo is getting a whole lot of love across European football.
Los Blancos have many of the world’s best young attacking prospects, including Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes in their first team. But many of Real Madrid‘s young stars have been on loan, such as Martin Odegaard and Takefusa Kubo in La Liga.
Whereas Odegaard is expected to have another fruitful season on loan as Real Sociedad’s centerpiece player, Kubo needs a bigger challenge after clearly looking like a far better player than his teammates at Mallorca. He is ready for more responsibility.
Kubo will almost certainly join another La Liga club, and a team like Granada, Sociedad, Villarreal, or Sevilla that is playing European football in 2020-2021 would seemingly be ideal. Real Betis, Osasuna, Celta Vigo, and others have been linked as well and could offer playing time.
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But according to a report from Mario Cortegana of AS, a truly huge club has shown interest in Takefusa Kubo, as Bayern Munich have thrown their proverbial hat into the ring in a late show of interest.
Kubo would probably not get regular playing time at Bayern, but it is worth noting that the club has had either James Rodriguez or Philippe Coutinho on loan as a No. 10 from a La Liga powerhouse in the last three seasons. Based on the last two years of play at Bayern, Kubo could make an even bigger impact than James and especially Coutinho.
Per AS, Bayern seem to be prepared to pay even more than the five million euros that Real are asking on a loan deal for Kubo, which is a sum of money some La Liga clubs, such as Celta Vigo, may have trouble paying.
So Bayern, Ajax, and Sevilla are on the list of Champions League clubs interested in Kubo. It’s quite flattering for Bayern to want him, but it’s not happening.
Here’s why. As Alvaro Odriozola’s loan at Bayern in the second half of the 2019-2020 season shows, it’s awfully tough for a young player to get playing time at Bayern, especially a loanee. Kubo needs playing time, and that’s the impetus for a loan deal and why clubs like Osasuna and Vigo have a chance in the first place.
Secondly, Real Madrid want Takefusa Kubo in the near future and know he can be a world-class player for them, so they ideally want him to rack up those meaningful minutes in La Liga. That way, there is a direct translation into success at Real Madrid and they can more easily monitor his progress. The Bundesliga is an easier league for attacking players than La Liga, which puts space at a premium.
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Bayern’s interest is worth thinking about, but Real Madrid fans should think of it more as a flattering news item than a realistic loan destination for the teenager.