Old Trafford boss ready to spend spend spend.
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United close in on £17m Kagawa and weigh up bid for Spurs star Modric
Manchester United are closing in on a £17million deal for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa and are considering a fresh move for Tottenham’s Luka Modric.
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.
Modric, 26, is a long-time target and Tottenham would want £35m but United are keen to bring that price down as they also looking for a left-back.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Clearly having lost their Premier League title to local rivals Man City and being dumped out of the Champions League at the group stage will have stung Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson and the Scot appears keen to splash the cash this summer to help add more creativity to his midfield.
Currently Man United’s central midfield options are fairly brittle and now all that attacking with the likes of Michael Carrick, Anderson and Paul Scholes all being fairly defensively minded talents. A move for Shinji Kagawa, who plays most frequently for Borussia Dortmund in an advanced central role, will certainly add a goal-scoring threat to Ferguson’s side that they could dearly need.
Some may question a £17m bid for a player who could be picked up for nothing in a year but the Man United boss clearly understands the need to act urgently this summer.
Renewed interest in Luka Modric is to be expected and Harry Redknapp may struggle to keep the Croatian given that Tottenham failed to secure a Champions League berth for the coming season. Now that Chelsea have brought in Eden Hazard one would imagine the West London side are less likely to get involved in a bidding war for the 26 year old which could give Man United the upper hand in the race for the former Dinamo Zagreb schemer.