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Barcelona sign young Japanese star Hiroki Abe from Kashima Antlers

Barcelona agree a deal to sign Japanese star Hiroki Abe from J-League side Kashima Antlers

  • Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign 20-year-old Japanese attacker Hiroki Abe  
  • Financial details were not released, but the deal is thought to be worth £2million
  • He impressed in 2018 and played in all of Japan’s matches at the Copa America 

Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign emerging Japanese talent Hiroki Abe from Kashima Antlers, the J-League club said on Friday.

The 20-year-old attacker, named the league’s best young player of 2018, was set to undergo a medical with the Spanish side and would join up with their ‘B’ side.

Financial details were not released but earlier reports said Barca would pay around 2 million euros (£1.8million) for Abe, who made his senior international debut at the Copa America and appeared in all three of their matches.

‘It was a difficult decision to leave (Kashima) mid-season, but I chose to make the move because I absolutely want to take on this new challenge at Barcelona,’ Kyodo news agency quoted Abe as saying in a statement. 

Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign 20-year-old attacker Hiroki Abe from Kashima Antlers

He was named best young player of 2018, and played in Japan's games at the Copa America

 He was named best young player of 2018, and played in Japan’s games at the Copa America

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