Kagawa arrived at Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of around £17 million in 2012 but has never truly lived up to expectations. He failed to find the back of the net last season and managed six goals in his first Premier League campaign, and with Louis van Gaal in charge he now faces an uncertain future.
The Dutch coach has three other options in his favoured number 10 position in Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj, which means his first team action is likely to be limited once more next term.
That has prompted speculation that he could be sold by Van Gaal this summer, and the Express claim today that his potential destination could be Atletico Madrid. the Spanish club are undergoing their own squad overhaul having lost the likes of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and David Villa, and having signed Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann are looking to make further additions to their squad.
The newspaper say that a £14 million bid could be forthcoming for the Manchester United man, and Van Gaal may be tempted to sell up given the amount of cover he has in the playmaker role.
The Spanish champions face a tough task if they are to defend their league crown next season given the transfer business completed by both Real Madrid and Barcelona already, and it seems they are also interested in another Manchester United player alongside Kagawa to help them take on their big-name rivals.
Atleti boss Diego Simeone admitted yesterday that he is an admirer of Javier Hernandez, and given how far down the pecking order the Mexican is, they may be able to lure him away from Old Trafford.
Manchester United overhaul
While there are likely to be plenty of familiar faces leaving Old Trafford this summer there should be some new arrivals too; Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera have both signed on the dotted line, while the likes of Arturo Vidal and Thomas Vermaelen could well follow soon.
Away from the transfer market and things are going well for Van Gaal on the pitch; he's guided his new team to three wins from three so far with Real Madrid to come on Saturday.