Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa after agreeing a deal in principle with his club Borussia Dortmund.

The 23-year-old has still to agree personal terms but United expect negotiations to progress smoothly. 

Borrussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said that ‘both sides want to conclude the deal’.
United have increased their original offer, despite the 23-year-old only having one year left on contract, as they recognise there is massive commercial potential in signing the Japan international.
The initial fee for Kagawa is in the region of £12m, rising to £17m depending on success and appearances. 

The expected arrival of Kagawa is likely to excite United's vast Asian fanbase, with the future of South Korea midfielder Park Ji Sung uncertain.

On Tuesday, United claimed their fanbase had almost doubled in the past five years to reach 659 million followers globally. Asia accounts for 325 million of those. 

Despite Kagawa's obvious appeal in Asia, United commercial director Richard Arnold denied any suggestion players were signed to boost profits. 

Kagawa has shone for Dortmund this season, scoring 13 goals in 31 Bundesliga matches, as the German club won a league and cup double.

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