After missing out on Eden Hazard earlier this week it is reported that Manchester United are stepping up their efforts to sign Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund. The 23 year old Japanese playmaker, who has been at the Bundesliga champions for 2 seasons, has previously refused to sign a contract extension and will be out of contract next summer.
Kagawa is out in his native Japan at the moment with his country team mates as they are on the road to qualifying fo the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in two years time. Kagawa scored for Japan on 23rd May when they best Azerbaijan 2-0. The countries World Cup qualification starts on 3rd June against Oman at the Saitama Stadium, they then play Jordan at the same stadium on 8th June, followed by an away match at the Suncorp Stadium against Australia on 12th June.
Manchester United last week had a reported £12m bid for Kagawa rejected by Borussia Dortmund, who only paid €350,000 just 2 seasons ago. It seems they want Manchester United to pay a big fee so they have the money to but a replacement. The current reported fee is just over £18m, of which around £12.5m will be paid upfront, the remaining based on appearances at his new club. It was reported yesterday that this fee had been accepted by Dortmund and that the players terms and medical were the only things that needed to be completed.
I am sure we will see in the coming weeks whether this is true or not, but I don’t expect anything to happen until after Kagawa has finished in Japan with the national team on 12th June, after that it will probably just be a formality.
By Paul Bienkowski