FC Barcelona agree with Kashima Antlers to sign Japanese talent Hiroki Abe for a transfer fee of £1.8 million.
The 20-year-old Abe made his international debut for the national team on Copa America and played all three matches. Kashima announced the transfer of Abe on the official website and on Twitter as well.
“We are pleased to announce that the basic agreement between the clubs has been reached regarding Hiroki Abe’s move to FC Barcelona in the first section of Spain. In the future, after a medical check on the site etc., a formal contract will be concluded.”
— 鹿島アントラーズ 公式 (@atlrs_official) July 12, 2019
The financial details were not released yet, but according to some rumours, the whole deal is worth £1.8 million. Hiroki Abe usually plays as the left midfielder, but he can also move more forward and play as a secondary striker.
Abe was a key player for Kashima last season when they won the AFC Champions League who beat Persepolis 2-0 in 2018 final.
Related to Abe Hiroki transfer to FC Barcelona, the young and talented player issued the statement for Kashima official site:
“I spent a few months in high school and two and a half years at Kashima Antlers, and I was able to grow significantly as a professional soccer player. , Staff, fronters and supporters, it was my pride and fortune to fight for victory with all the Antlers families, it was a difficult decision to leave the team this season, I felt strongly that I wanted to try new challenges in Barcelona, and I decided to move, and I believe that the various difficulties and walls I will face from now on are absolutely necessary for my growth. With all that in mind, I’d like to take on every day, every moment, every moment and face football I think so. Thank you very much.”
Abe Hiroki will move to Barcelona in the next few days and join the Barcelona B.