The agent for Take Kubo has informed Villarreal of his client’s intention to end the loan deal early and move to Getafe in the upcoming winter transfer window, according to a report from Mario Cortegana formerly of AS, who almost exclusively covered the Japanese playmaker. The two clubs are negotiating — with the consent of Real Madrid — and are attempting to finalize a deal, though the economic restrictions imposed by La Liga’s salary cap makes an agreement more complicated.
Although no agreement has been reached, all three parties want the same outcome. Villarreal are open to Kubo’s departure in order to open up salary space and a non-EU spot, Kubo wants to leave in search of minutes, and Getafe manager, Jose Bordalas, has been adamant on the Japanese's arrival. Getafe are just two points above the relegation zone and their attack has been sputtering this year with the loss of Jorge Molina, Kenedy, and Deyverson. With Nyom and Cucurella typically occupying the wings, it’s unclear whether or not Kubo would have a starting role if moving to Getafe. Kiyan Sobhani and Matt Wiltse discussed the 19-year-old’s potential fit on the Loan Tracker this week.
Getafe’s president, Angel Torres, confirmed the rumors earlier this week on Spanish radio, Onda Cero. “Kubo wants to come to Getafe. Yes, another reinforcement could be Carles Alena, but we are not going to go crazy,” Torres said on air. Unai Emery has left Kubo on the bench for the last three games opting for Villarreal youth product Yeremi over he and Chukwueze. There is no guarantee that a move to Getafe will mean instant minutes, as Emery, just like Bordalas is now, was adamant over Kubo’s signing in the summer, only for the teenager to disappoint.