Shinji Kagawa, the 25-year-old Japanese midfielder is set for a return to German giants Borussia Dortmund where the player initially made his name and glory.
The fee is rumored to be around £8 million, four million less than what Manchester United paid for him back in 2012. Since arriving to England, Kagawa struggled under the leadership of David Moyes, and was always seen as excess rather than a crucial cog in the machine.
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp isn’t shying away from displaying his pleasure with the move, making it clear that Kagawa was always welcome at The Millionaires.
According to German outlet Bild, Kagawa’s medical has been postponed with some minute financial details to be hammered out by the two sides. Kagawa was a crucial player at Westfalenstadion during his time in Germany between 2010 and 2012. In 49 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund, Kagawa 21 goals, and assisted 13 times. But apart from simple statistics, the player was a crucial piece in Klopp’s system, that helped Borussia Dortmund to two league titles in a row. Kagawa’s pace and creative instincts functioned well at Dortmund where he was featured as one of the main stars on the team.
However, Kagawa’s style never seemed to function at Manchester United, where the player made only 38 Premier League appearances under three different managers during his time there. None of the three managers could really define a definite role for Kagawa who was always seen as excess baggage at the club.
Manchester United are looking to offload some players to offset this summer’s spending spree which has seen £213.7 million go since 2013. The latest arrival at Old Trafford has been Real Madrid throwaway Angel di Maria for £59.7 million. Despite the spending, United have continued to struggle even under the new leadership of Louis van Gaal.
Kagawa is undoubtedly looking forward to returning to playing a significantly larger role and more minutes on the pitch. Dortmund will be pleased with their bit of business, bringing back Kagawa not just for a profit, but as insurance should Marco Reus decide to leave.