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Real Sociedad keeping tabs on Take Kubo

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The Basque club have renewed their interest in the Japanese playmaker.

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Real Sociedad were one of the many clubs interested in Takefusa Kubo last summer. After his successful second half of the season with Real Mallorca in 2019-2020, Kubo drew interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world. Sevilla, Ajax, and Bayern Munich were three of the biggest names linked but Osasuna, Granada, Real Betis, and Villarreal were all talked about at one point last summer.

In a report from Noticias de Gipuzkoa, a Basque outlet covering the team from San Sebastian, explains that Real Sociedad are still interested in Kubo, like they were as a potential replacement for Odegaard. Real Sociedad sporting director, Roberto Olabe, see’s Kubo as a potential alternative if Adnan Januzaj leaves the club. Also, his ability to play in the hole, makes the Japanese player a versatile asset who could also replace the veteran, David Silva, when injuries and fatigue hit for the 35-year-old.

After failed loan moves last season with Villarreal and Getafe, Kubo must be very calculated about his next destination. Jose Bordalalas, the former Getafe manager, felt Kubo only lack the physical levels to compete at the highest level. “Take is a magnificent kid, professional and a magnificent player. It is true that he is a bit young and needs to mature, especially on the physical level. He knows it, he is working on it, and if he takes that step on the physical level then he has enough talent to be a great player. It is the only thing he lacks,” Bordalas explained.

If a deal between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad is to be agreed, it would likely be for a loan deal, with no option to buy, and would require a loan fee given the marketing exposure Takefusa Kubo brings to the table. The current interest from the Basque club is in the very early stages and would likely only accelerate based on other market moves.