FIFA sanction forced Japanese forward Takefusa Kubo to return to his homeland after spending four years at Barcelona’s famous academy La Masia between 2011 and 2015.

Earlier this year, we carried a report from Mundo Deportivo, who explained how Barcelona, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the teenager, who currently plays for FC Tokyo.

Nikkan Sports in Japan now brings the latest update about the former Barcelona academy player, who is expected to make a switch to Europe.

It is claimed that Pep Guardiola’s side and Real Madrid are ‘interested’ in the youngster.

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He turned 18 on June 4th and now there is no obstacle for him to sign a contract with any European club.

With the prospect of the Japanese attacker expected to leave FC Tokyo, Los Blancos and the English domestic treble winners have already indicated about their intention to sign the player.

As of now, it looks like Kubo will not return to Barca and this is also reported by Mundo Deportivo. It looks like the battle is between Real Madrid and City for his services.