La Liga champions Atletico Madrid have stepped up their interest to land Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa after Santi Cazorla turned down the chance to join them according to Metro.
Diego Simeone has been busy revamping his squad after several members of the title winning team left for new challenges elsewhere this summer. Diego Costa and Filipe Luis joined Chelsea while goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returned to Stamford Bridge after three successful loan spells at Vicente Calderon.
They have already made some major signings in Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich for £22 million and Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad for £24 million.
Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has been on Atletico Madrid's radar all summer, but with the Spaniard showing minimal interest in any potential move out of Emirates Stadium, Simeone is searching for an alternative and has zeroed in on Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa.
Kagawa moved to Manchester United in 2012 from Borussia Dortmund after playing a pivotal role in the German side winning the Bundesliga title in 2011-12, hoping the move would benefit him as a player but he has since failed to feature regularly in the starting line-up under both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes.
Louis van Gaal has asserted that he prefers Juan Mata to play the number 10 role in his 3-5-2 formation with Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj next in line, which leaves Kagawa with very limited opportunities this season as well.
Atletico Madrid can provide him with regular first team football and the number 10 role he prefers. A bid around £13million would be enough to convince The Red Devils to let Kagawa leave for Spain.
The 25-year-old is a technically gifted,creative box-to-box midfielder with impressive skills in the distribution of the ball and link up play.
It was believed his former club, Borussia Dortmund, were first in queue for his signature but have cooled their interest recently, while Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are monitoring the Japanese international’s situation at Old Trafford.
Kagawa has made 56 appearance for the Premier League side and has 57 caps for his Japanese national team.