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Mikel Arteta tells Arsenal to pay €60m release clause for former Real Madrid winger

Arsenal are already making transfer plans ahead of next season.

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Arsenal Sporting Director Edu Gaspar and Manager Mikel Arteta
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Arenal are considering a move for Japanese footballer Takefusa Kubo who is currently playing in Spain for Real Sociedad. The 22-year-old has been on great form during the 2023/24 campaign with four goals and one assist in six La Liga appearances so far this season, so it’s no surprise some of the biggest clubs around Europe are keeping a close eye on him.

According to reports, Arsenal are said to be willing to meet the player’s €60m release clause next summer as Mikel Arteta aims to keep bolstering his squad in order to compete more effectively with Manchester City for the Premier League title.

Takefusa Kubo joined Real Socieded in the summer of 2022 from Real Madrid for a fee of around £6million. The 22-year-old’s transfer value is now already at £25million inside just one year of regular first-team football.

During the 2022/23 campaign, the Japan international scored nine goals and recorded seven assists in La Liga and he’s started this season off just as strong.

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Before making it at Real Sociedad he spent time with FC Tokyo in Japan before moving to Real Madrid in 2019, however he failed to make a single appearance at Los Blancos, after being loaned out a number of times during his three year spell at the club. But now it appears the Japanese right-winger has found his feet in Spain after his sparkling form for both club and country over the last year.

His former team Real Madrid, however, could prove to be a stumbling block for the Gunners as the Spanish giants have a €30m buy-back option in Takefusa Kubo’s current contract at Real Sociedad. This means they have first say on the player’s immediate future which could prevent Mikel Arteta from getting his target come next summer.

Arsenal are on the lookout for a back-up option to Bukayo Saka and Takefusa Kubo seems to be the perfect player. Hopefully Takehiro Tomiyasu at international level, and Kieran Tierney at club level, can have a word with Kubo to convince him Arsenal would be a great next step for his career.

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