Manchester United have offered Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa to La Liga outfit Valencia in an attempt to offload the 25-year-old before the summer transfer window closes on Monday.
This is according to reports in Spain - and brought to our attention by the Metro - which claim that Kagawa may have played his final match for the Red Devils.
The former Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder started against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round on Tuesday night, but was substituted after just 20 minutes with an injury.
Van Gaal keen to sell Kagawa
Kagawa was left on the bench for both of the Red Devils’ opening matches of the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, against Swansea City and Sunderland, and United boss Louis van Gaal has informed the player that he is free to find a new club before September 2.
Van Gaal has several number 10s at his disposal - notably Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata, although Adnan Januzaj can also play in that position - and it’s Kagawa who is regarded as the most dispensable.
The Japan international arrived at Old Trafford two years ago with a reputation as one of European football’s most talented playmakers, thanks to his exploits with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
Kagawa unhappy at Old Trafford
However, he has failed to replicate his best form with the Red Devils, not helped by the fact Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes both opted to deploy the No. 10 out on the left wing in order to accommodate his teammates.
Kagawa admitted that he felt his “spirit would break” at times last season, so he may welcome the chance to embark on a fresh start in another league.
That Van Gaal also recently told reporters that Kagawa was unable to ‘fulfil his wishes and philosophy’ while playing in an unfamiliar central midfield role may further encourage the player to leave Old Trafford while he still has the chance to do so.
Valencia would certainly be an attractive option for Kagawa. Los Che are expected to challenge for a top-four finish in La Liga this season and the Spanish league may suit the player’s technical game compared to the faster-paced Premier League.
Valencia are not the only Spanish club that have been linked with Kagawa in recent months, however. La Liga champions Atletico Madrid are reportedly keen, but the Manchester United outcast can expect to play more minutes at the Mestalla.
Another potential option could be Italian champions Juventus, who have a player that Manchester United are desperate to land before Monday’s transfer deadline passes.
It’s believed that the Red Devils will consider offering Kagawa to the Old Lady in a player-plus-cash deal involving Chile international Arturo Vidal.