Turkish giants eye unsettled United star.
Galatasaray could look to capitalise on Shinji Kagawa’s difficult current situation at Manchester United by making a bid for the midfielder in January, CaughtOffside understands.
The 24-year-old has been making the headlines on a regular basis in recent weeks after becoming unsettled due to a lack of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford, which also saw him linked with a return to his old club Borussia Dortmund before the close of the summer transfer window.
Kagawa attracted a great deal of attention from top clubs in his time in the Bundesliga, as he scored 29 goals in two seasons for Jurgen Klopp’s side, and proving a key player in helping them win the title two years in a row.
This saw him make a move of around £12m to United in the summer of 2012, though injuries disrupted his first campaign with the club, leaving many fans to hope that he would make more of an impact this season.
However, he is seemingly not in the plans of new United manager David Moyes, who looked to the transfer market for several players that play in his position this summer, missing out on the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Mesut Ozil before signing Marouane Fellaini from his old club Everton.
The Japanese international has admitted he is frustrated and confused at his lack of opportunities so far this term, which has seen him play just seven minutes for Moyes’ side, when he came on as a late substitute in their Community Shield victory over Wigan at Wembley.
Still highly thought of at Dortmund, it is likely that the German side may look into signing him again when January comes, though it has now emerged that they are likely to face competition from Galatasaray, who have been active in bringing some big-name players to their club in recent times.
Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba joined the Turks last year, with former Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder joining him, and they were thought to be unsuccessful in their attempts to sign the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Lukas Podolski and John Obi Mikel in the summer.
Whilst Kagawa would likely favour a return to his former club Dortmund, where he previously found the best form of his career, Galatasaray may be more able to offer the kind of money United are looking for, and could even throw the possibility of a swap-deal involving long-term target Sneijder into the mix as well.
Although the Dutchman has not been at his best for some time now, United targeted him again this summer, which suggests Moyes may see him as a preferable option in his midfield over Kagawa.
Much will depend on how the next few months pan out for Kagawa at United, but Galatasaray are confident of luring away this promising talent as he continues to struggle to make an impact in the Premier League.