Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund who only has 1 year left on his contract (Getty)
According to a highly placed source in Germany, Manchester United have had a bid of €16m (£12.8m) rejected by Borussia Dortmund for Shinji Kagawa. It is understood that Dortmund are holding out for a fee between €17-18m. Kagawa cost Dortmund €350,000 when the German champions bought him from the Japanese club Cerezo Osaka two years ago. The deal may still go through next week subject to Manchester United raising their offer to Dortmund’s preferred price. It had been reported that Manchester United might sign Kagawa for as little as £7m, but it looks like Dortmund will dig their heels in as they really do not want to lose the player.
Kagawa, who plays Attacking Midfield/Winger, is thought to be a player United want to give the squad more pace and attacking ability next season. United are also tipped to sign Lille starlet Eden Hazard, but only have a 33% chance of signing him due to terms being accepted with Manchester City and Chelsea also.
I am sure we will find out in the next few weeks who Manchester United will be signing in the summer period. PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman has also been linked with Manchester United again in the last few days, but he will not be deciding on his future until after Euro 2012. He also had AC Milan and Inter Milan pursuing his signature.
As David Gill said a fortnight ago, it certainly looks to be an exciting summer ahead. We have already seen the departure of three players, Michael Owen, Ritchie De Laet and Matt James. Who will be next to be shown the door at Old Trafford?
By Paul Bienkowski