FOOTBALL- Spanish giants Barcelona on Friday signed Japanese midfielder Hiroki Abe.
20 year old Abe was voted J-League's Best Young Player last season and currently plays for J-League outfit Kashima Antlers.
"I felt strongly that I wanted a new challenge at FC Barcelona, although the decision was difficult to make because it required me to leave the team (Antlers) during this ongoing season," Abe said in a statement.
Abe will complete the move to Barca after a medical check in Spain, Antlers added. He is expected to play for Barcelona's B team.