It has been announced by Manchester United today that the club had agreed a deal on signing the Japanese playmaker. It is unknown what the specific figure of the deal is but a £12m initial fee is rumoured, rising to £17-18m after performance and appearances. It is definitely a good deal for the club.
Kagawa has had two impressive seasons at Borussia Dortmund, winning the Bundesliga both seasons and the DFB-Pokal this season. The Japan international made a total of 71 appearances for the Bundesliga club, scoring 29 goals and assisting in 15 goals during the two seasons. The is some achievement, considering his age and the time he spent at the German club.
Manchester United said the transfer now depends on the player passing a medical and also obtaining a work permit which will need to be endorsed by the Home Office in the United Kingdom.
Kagawa has also stated via the Japanese press that he will turn his focus on his transfer to Manchester United once the current Japan World Cup qualification fixtures have taken place between now and the 12th June. Manchester United think the transfer will be completed by the end of June.
There has been lots of so-called Manchester United fans moaning about the imminent arrival of the Japanese international, their main concern seems to be that he is not a big name, which they seem to be calling for. A big name does not mean success, this has been proven over time, and really does not seem to be the way Manchester United do their business.
There has been some instances in the past where the club have purchased big names for an inflated fee, but some of those transfers did not work out. Cristiano Ronaldo was not a big name when we signed him in 2003, and look what happened there, he became one of the best players in the world today.
There has been talk amongst Manchester United fans on twitter and some Manchester United forums, what position Shinji Kagawa is likely to play next season, should his move be finalised. As Sir Alex Ferguson has been talking about a faster, more attacking squad, I would envisage a 4-2-3-1 formation, as shown below;
By Paul Bienkowski