Japanese club Kashima Antlers on Friday said its forward Hiroki Abe was set to join Barcelona.
In an announcement, the J-League side said it has reached a fundamental accord with the Catalan club and that Abe would sign pending a restorative.
Albeit as a rule a forward with Kashima Antlers, the 20-year-old aggressor can likewise play in midfield. He made his presentation with the Japan national group against Chile in the ongoing Copa America.
He joined Kashima in 2017 and went onto win the honor for the association’s best youthful player grant in 2018.
“It was an extreme choice to leave mid-season, yet I made the move since I truly need to take on this new test at Barcelona,” Abe said in the club articulation.
He said the different obstacles he would now face were urgent for his development as a player.
The adolescent joined Kashima straight from secondary school.
Having effectively dunked his toe in the water playing for the national group, which highlighted as a visitor in the Copa America, Abe looks practically sure to arrive an increasingly urgent job for the Samurai Blue in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
His transition to La Liga had been reputed for a while in Japanese media.
As per those reports, Barcelona clarified it was eager to pay Abe’s buyout provision.
Kashima Antlers are at present fourth in Japan’s J-League. So far this year Abe has played in 14 matches, scoring on objective.
Barcelona won its 26th title in the local league in 2018/19 yet neglected to add more to its flatware, passing up the Copa del Rey with a 1-2 misfortune to Valencia in the last and tumbling out of the UEFA Champions League in a sensational manner surrendering to Liverpool 0-4 out of an elimination round second leg, losing its 3-0 advantage from the primary session.
The gossip factory around Barcelona’s conceivable summer signings was frenzied, with France’s Antoine Griezmann connected to the Catalan side while others recommended Neymar Jr. could be on the precarious edge of returning only two years after his record-breaking marking with Paris Saint-Germain.