Tuesday, June 05, 2012


Manchester United have agreed a deal reported to be worth an intial £12m to sign Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa from German side Borussia Dortmund. 

Kagawa will become Sir Alex Ferguson's first summer signing in the bid to wrestle the Barclays Premier League crown back from rivals City.

A club statement read: 'Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has agreed terms with both Borussia Dortmund and Shinji Kagawa for his transfer to the club.

The 23-year-old needs to pass a medical and obtain a UK work permit, but the Old Trafford club expect both to be completed by the end of June.

It is thought the fee could reach £17m depending on success and appearances.

Kagawa scored 13 goals in 31 Bundesliga games as Dortmund won a league and cup double in the 2011-12 season.

Currently on international duty, he played in Japan's 3-0 World Cup qualifying round victory over Oman at the weekend.

His arrival is likely to excite United's vast Asian fanbase, while the future of South Korea midfielder Park Ji-Sung is uncertain. 

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

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