Shinji Kagawa would love to return to former club Borussia Dortmund and has requested a meeting with the Manchester United hierarchy to discuss his future.
This is according to The Sun, who further claim that, while new Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal is an admirer of the Japanese international, the club would want to recoup the approximate £15 million fee they spent to bring Kagawa to the Premier League from Signal Iduna Park back during the summer of 2012 and could even use him in a deal to entice the Bundesliga outfit into parting with star centre-back Mats Hummels.
Despite winning the title in his very first season as a Manchester United player, Kagawa's short-stint at Old Trafford to date hasn't been a particularly happy one for the player.
Although he has certainly shown glimpses of real quality, the 25-year-old has often been deployed out of position and has not frequently been given the opportunity to prove his talent in that favoured 'no.10' role just behind the lone form of Robin van Persie.
Kagawa's plight at Manchester United appeared to significantly worsen during David Moyes' time in charge, with many fans - and even Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp - seemingly incredulous at the lack of opportunities afforded to him during the club's well-documented period of immense struggle.
Kagawa - who first moved to European football from Cerezo Osaka - was a real fans favourite during his successful spell at Dortmund between 2010-12, and it would certainly not come as shock to see him return to the club for which he appears to hold a real affection.
Winner of two consecutive Bundesliga crowns during his spell under the charismatic Klopp, Kagawa was extremely effective for Die Schwarzgelben and he is evidently keen to restore his career to that level.
Van Gaal decision
Ultimately, despite Kagawa's wishes, it will surely be down to Van Gaal to decide upon just where the player's future lies moving forward.
Currently, the Netherlands' continued participation at the World Cup - they will meet Argentina in the semi-finals in São Paulo on Wednesday night - has resulted in an apparent lack of clarity with regards to the reputable Dutchman's opinions on prospective departures.
Given his obvious admiration for German international Mats Hummels, however, Van Gaal may well view the loss of Kagawa as a small price to pay if it means a greater chance of landing the Dortmund man as a prospective replacement for previous captain Nemanja Vidic.
The addition of Kagawa may also help soften the blow of the possible departure of Hummels for Klopp, as well as going some distance to ensuring that their notoriously passionate fanbase are not too outraged by the exit of another crucial first-team member.
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