Manchester United’s out-of-favour playmaker Shinji Kagawa has been linked with a surprise move to Besiktas by Turkish sources, according to Tutto Mercato Web.
The 24-year-old, who has failed to hold down a first-team place since arriving at Old Trafford for £12m in June 2012, will be offered more even money from the Turkish giants than what he currently earns in an attempt to lure him to the Super Lig.
However, Besiktas - who are managed by former Croatia manager Slaven Bilic - are likely to face stiff competition for the technically-gifted Japan international’s signature from his former club Borussia Dortmund.
Last season’s beaten Champions League finalists may stand a better chance of re-signing Kagawa this summer as two of their current squad members are on United’s summer wish-list.
The Red Devils are reportedly prepared to use the attacking playmaker as a makeweight in a deal to bring either Ilkay Gundogan or Marco Reus to Old Trafford.
However, it’s believed that the reigning Premier League champions have more chance of signing Gundogan, who has missed the last six months with a back injury.
Meanwhile, it looks as if Kagawa’s days at Old Trafford could be numbered following the club-record signing of Juan Mata and the emergence of 19-year-old winger Adnan Januzaj.