Borussia Dortmund have told potential suitors they must spend big to land reported Manchester United target Shinji Kagawa.
The Japan playmaker has been a revelation in the Bundesliga this season and - despite signing him for a meagre €350,000 last summer - the German club have slapped a €23.7 million price tag on the Asian sensation.
According to talkSPORT, Manchester United scouts have been monitoring the 21-year-old but could be put off by his staggering price-tag.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to be keen to bolster his attacking options but is willing to bide his time to sign the right player for the right price.
However, should United attempt to bring Kagawa to Old Trafford, then they would be signing a player with real potential - although whether he represents value for money for the Red Devils is open to debate.
A more pressing issue for United, however, is the acquisition of a new goalkeeper with current no.1 Edwin van der Sar reportedly set to retire in the summer.
Danish stopper Anders Lindegaard has already signed for the Red Devils but Ferguson is on the lookout for at least one more gloveman during January.
“We haven’t finalised our thoughts on the goalkeeping situation," the United supremo said after the signing of Lindegaard.
“Edwin has massive experience and you can’t buy that, so it’s a difficult one because he has been a great goalkeeper and will be hard to replace.”
Current Manchester United no.2 Tomasz Kuszczak has also been tipped to leave Old Trafford in the summer so the Red Devils are expected to step up their pursuit of goalkeeping reinforcements.