Anfield boss keen on young playmaker.
Liverpool are ready to battle Manchester United, AC Milan and Juventus in their attempts to sign Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa.
Kagawa, 22, is rated one of the best young midfielders in the Bundesliga and has alerted several big clubs across Europe.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is keen to add some fresh faces to his squad in January and reports in Germany suggest he has sent scouts to watch the Japanese international in action.
Kagawa has a contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 2013 and Liverpool will have to spend at least £18m if they want to sign the talented star.
Shinji Kagawa adapted so well to life in the Bundesliga following his move from the J-League that now the attacking midfielder is being constantly linked with a move away from title holders Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool are the latest Premier League side reportedly taking an interest in the 22 year old.
In his first season in Europe the former Cerezo Osaka attacker notched up 12 goals in 28 games and became an instant hit at the Signal Iduna Park and became an instrumental part of Jurgen Klopp’s Bundesliga winning campaign. Fellow midfielder Nuri Sahin was then poached by Real Madrid and youngster Mario Goetze is also strongly tipped to make a move to one of the many European giants pursuing him.
Dalglish has apparently sent scouts to watch Kagawa in action and Liverpool’s interest appears to carry some more weight given the reports over the summer that the club’s main sponsors Standard Chartered had stated that the purchasing of a player from Asia could help tap the market in that region.
Some may wonder if the Merseyside club need another midfield option given the amount spent to reinforce that area during the summer. The likes of Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson was signed but at the same time the club lost Raul Meireles and appear likely to lose Alberto Aquilani on a permanent basis come the summer.
Kagawa is an adaptable attacker who can ply his trade either in an orthodox attacking midfield role, in the hole behind the strikers or indeed as a second striker.