Barcelona sign Japan starlet Abe from Kashima Antlers

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Barcelona have completed the signing of young Japan international attacker Hiroki Abe on a four-year deal from Kashima Antlers.

The J1 League side confirmed Abe's impending departure on Friday after agreeing a reported €2 million ($3.2m) deal, and Barca have since announced his arrival.

Abe, 20, was named Rookie of the Year in Japan's top-flight last year and featured in all three of Japan's group matches at the 2019 Copa America.

He is expected to initially link up with Barca's second string but could feature for the first-team on their pre-season tour.

He joins fellow Japan starlet Takefusa Kubo in Spain, with the other attacker having recently signed for Real Madrid from FC Tokyo, after four developmental years spent at Barca's La Masia academy.

Source Omnisport