Manchester United have this evening announced the signing of Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa. It was reported this morning on twitter that Kagawa had arrived at the Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester shortly after nine am this morning. Pictures began circulating of the player arriving at the complex with a CES security guard and an unknown man.
The Old Trafford club has announced on MUTV that the deal for Kagawa has now been completed after the player successfully passed a club medical and obtained a UK work permit. It is unknown what number Kagawa will wear at Manchester United next season, but club numbers are usually issued closer to the start of the season. I am sure it will be announced in the coming weeks, because of the release of the new home shirt, and fans will want the new signings name on their shirt.
“I am delighted he has chosen to come to United. I believe he will make an impact upon the team very quickly.” Sir Alex Ferguson
The former Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal winner had a great 2 seasons with Borussia Dortmund, making 71 appearances in total, scoring 29 goals and assisting in 15 goals.
I say myself that all Manchester United supporters are itching to see Kagawa in the new gingham home shirt playing for his new club in pre-season. It will certainly be good to see some speed and attacking flair back in the side, and hopefully knocking the bitter blue side of Manchester back of the perch they think they have bought for themselves.
Only 10 days after announcing the signing of former Crewe Alexandra player, Nick Powell, the fans were greeted with the news that the Kagawa deal has now gone through.
It has been confirmed that the deal Shinji Kagawa has signed, will see him as a Manchester United player, for four years from 1st July 2012 until 31st May 2016. The fee remains undisclosed, but reported to be around £12m initially and could be worth an additional £5M based on appearances and success at Old Trafford.
“This is a challenge I am really looking forward to. The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is such a massive club. This is a really exciting time for me and I can’t wait to meet the team and start playing.” Shinji Kagawa
Only time will tell if this is the last transfer we are likely to see this summer with fans calling for Sir Alex Ferguson to sign Luka Modric, Kevin Strootman, James Rodriguez, Iker Muniain and even Wesley Sneijder (again)!!
The next season will certainly see the Red Devils hitting the ground running, especially if the injuries stay away from the players, which is really what derailed the title challenge last season.
By Paul Bienkowski