Celtic Are Keen On Take Kubo Loan - Kubo celebrates a goal
SEVILLE, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 21: Takefusa Kubo of RCD Mallorca celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and RCD Mallorca at Estadio Benito Villamarin on February 21, 2020 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by Spanish source AS, Scottish Premiership giants Celtic are said to be among a host of top European clubs that are interested in acquiring a loan move for the services of Real Madrid’s Japanese sensation Takefusa Kubo. The La Liga giants beat out their sternest rivals in Catalonian outfit Barcelona to convince the youngster to join Los Blancos back in the summer of 2019. The report further clarifies that Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain are insistent on acquiring his services too.

Although it has been claimed in the report that Celtic are keen on Take Kubo loan, the speedster’s €250m release clause is sure to come as a roadblock to a majority of the interested parties. The player is said to have turned down a €4m a year salary that had been offered to him by the Parisians to stay on at the Spanish capital, with Madrid showing no interest in cashing in on their man. The report suggests that apart from Celtic, the likes of Ajax, Lazio, Milan, Real Betis and Real Sociedad, are all looking at the possibility of signing him on loan next season.

What Makes Take Kubo Such An Attractive Prospect?

The young Japanese winger arrived at Real Madrid as one of the brightest players to join their academy in recent years. Standing at just 1.73m tall, the trickster in no way offers a strong physical presence, but he more than makes up for his deficiencies with incredible skill and technique when on the ball.

Capable of dribbling past most defenders in the world, the prodigious winger offers a certain degree of unpredictability in the final third of the pitch, that would be of utmost use to even some of the bigger teams in the continent.

Celtic Are Keen On Take Kubo Loan - Kubo looks on
VILLAREAL, SPAIN – JUNE 16: Takefusa ‘Take’ Kubo of RCD Mallorca looks on during the Liga match between Villarreal CF and RCD Mallorca at Estadio de la Ceramica on June 16, 2020 in Villareal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Although Kubo is still only 19-years-old, he tends to display excellent maturity when on the pitch. At the same time, he also possesses the attacking firepower required to improve most attack-lines all over Europe. The youngster offers good pace and directness in the final third, while his dribbling abilities make him nearly impossible to defend against. The speedster is capable of playing down either flank but is undoubtedly at his best when given the freedom to cut inside down the right and use his belter of a left foot to strike the ball from improbable distances.

The youngster is spending the current La Liga season on loan at fellow Spanish outfit Mallorca, and he has played in a total of 29 fixtures for the club across all competitions. Although the trickster’s return of three goals and three assists from 28 La Liga outings doesn’t look great on paper, it’s worth taking into account that Kubo is still only 19-years-old. A couple more loan stints are likely to benefit the player in his development and choosing the right club for the task is very important from Real Madrid perspective with Celtic being as good an option as any.

Celtic Are Keen On Take Kubo Loan: Why Lennon Must Bring Him To Glasgow

The Celts’ search for attacking firepower has been no secret so far, with last season’s loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi being targeted quite aggressively by the reigning champions. As good as the Southampton man is, there’s no benefit in even comparing the Saints man to the prodigious presence of the player branded ‘Japanese Messi’. The addition of Kubo into the Celtic first-team next season would effectively guarantee them a tenth straight league title, and a triumph of that magnitude is sure to have a positive impact on the development rate of the player as well.

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