Japanese attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa is set to become Manchester United’s first signing of the summer according to the Daily Mail.
The 23-year-old has recently stated he would not be extending his contract with the club after passing the ultimatum set by his employers to make his decision.
Dortmund have since admitted defeat in retaining the players services for next season and with only a year to run on his contract, the player is thought to be available at the cut-price of £7million – potentially less than double of what he is valued at by the Bundesliga Champions.
Kagawa has recently sounded out his desire to play in the Premier League to Dortmund’s hierarchy with rumours he is an admirer of the Old Trafford club. President Michael Zorc announced:
‘Shinji is going to play in England because he has officially rejected our offer of a new contract.’
Ferguson is thought to have been a long-term admirer of Kagawa since his move to Germany and is now ready to take advantage of the players’ situation at Dortmund and give the playmaker his dream move to the Premier League. Arsenal are also reported to be interested in rivalling United for the player.
So does Kagawa fit the bill for what is needed to reinvigorate United next term?
Kagawa thrives in his role playing just off the main striker where his link up play, eye for goal and movement have been dangerous for Dortmund since his arrival in 2010. The Japanese star is of a slight build and has a playing style similar to the likes of Juan Mata and David Silva – type of players which the United faithful feel they lack.
In Germany Kagawa has been recognised as a goal threat – in 47 appearances this season he has scored 20 goals in all competitions. This an impressive return from a player deployed centrally behind a main striker. Not only can he score goals but he can also create chances for teammates – assisting 8 goals in all. Showing the player certainly possesses the talent and know how required to unlock defences for his side.
However with the player favouring a central attacking midfield role – a position where Wayne Rooney likes to find himself – Sir Alex Ferguson may have to change his sides’ tactics so that Kagawa can have his influence within games.
Another problem for Sir Alex may be getting the best out of the player in big games situations, on the European stage for Dortmund this year he failed to impress in the Champions League, Dortmund were disappointing eliminated out of the group stages with big name players failing to demonstrate the abilities which led them into the competition.
It remains to be seen if Sir Alex swoops for the Dortmund ace, but at a quoted £7million it could be a shrew purchase of a player who possesses immense talent at his disposal.
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