Spanish newspaper AS have claimed that Celtic are one of 30 clubs to be keeping tabs on Real Madrid winger Takefusa Kubo, who continues to impress on loan at La Liga side RCD Mallorca.
Kubo, 19, joined Real Madrid from FC Tokyo in the summer of 2019 and has since been on loan at Mallorca. A seven-time Japan international, Kubo has impressed – having a hand in six goals during his 28 La Liga outings.
Those stats become more impressive when considering he has started just 17 of those 28. Given his age and that it is his first season in Spanish football, Kubo is a real prospect – little surprise that there are plenty of clubs interested.
Celtic are said to have made their interest in Kubo clear to Real Madrid, along with 29 other clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Ajax, Lazio, AC Milan and 10 teams from Spain including Real Sociedad and Real Betis.
A number of teams, such as PSG, will be looking to sign Kubo permanently while Celtic are much more likely to want Kubo on loan. He has an enormous release clause in his contract worth a whopping £226million.
TBR’s view – Is Kubo interest a sign that Elyounoussi may leave?
Neil Lennon has made it clear that he will do everything within his power to keep both Fraser Forster and Mo Elyounoussi at the club, after both starred during loan spells from Southampton last term.
However, both are expensive. Forster is said to be earning £70,000 a week while Elyounoussi cost Southampton a whopping £16million. Could the interest in Kubo, a right winger, suggest that Celtic have failed to keep Elyounoussi?