Barcelona sign Japan international Hiroki Abe

Barcelona sign Kashima Antlers midfielder and Japan international Hiroki Abe for reported €2 million. A medical and personal terms are the only things standing in the forward’s way after his current club confirmed a move to Camp Nou is on the cards

The 20-year-old appeared in all three matches for his nation in this summer’s Copa America tournament, having previously starred for Japan at youth level.

He has played 48 games in the J1 League for Kashima and netted four goals and won the Young Player of the Year award for the division in 2018.

La Liga champions Barcelona are expected to draft Abe into their reserve set-up once he has arrived in Catalunya, but a fast-track to the first team over the coming months has not been ruled out.

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