Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa looks set to leave Old Trafford before the transfer window closes on Monday night after he agreed personal terms over a return to former club Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga outfit are now in the process of negotiating a deal with the Red Devils.
This is according to German newspaper Der Westen, who report that an agreement is in place between BVB and the Japan international, who flourished at Signal Iduna Park between 2010-2012.
Kagawa free to leave United
Kagawa has been told by United boss Louis van Gaal that he is free to leave Old Trafford after failing to impress the veteran Dutch coach over the past two months.
The former Bundesliga star, who completed a dream move to Manchester United in the summer of 2012 but has failed to produce his best form in the Premier League, currently finds himself behind Juan Mata in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
And with Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj also capable of playing in that role, behind either one or two strikers, Van Gaal is keen to sell Kagawa before Monday’s transfer deadline passes.
Kagawa unhappy at Old Trafford
Kagawa admitted that he felt his “spirit would break” at times last season after being left on the bench and deployed out of position by David Moyes, whose predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson, was also guilty of doing the same thing.
In order to accommodate the playmaker and his talented teammates, Kagawa was often fielded out on the left wing, where he struggled to make an impact.
Klopp a huge fan
Dortmund boss Jurgen Kiopp, who remains a huge admirer of the attacking midfielder, told reporters in May 2013 that his “heart breaks” whenever he caught sight of Kagawa being played out of position at Old Trafford.
“Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United - on the left wing!” he said at the time. ”My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes.
“Central midfield is Shinji's best role. He's an offensive midfielder with one of the best noses for goal I ever saw.”
Van Gaal revolution underway
But it now seems that Klopp will save Kagawa from his Manchester United nightmare by bringing him back to the club where he cemented his reputation as one of European football’s most effective No. 10s.
Kagawa is expected to be one of several players to leave Manchester United over the coming days, as the Van Gaal revolution gets underway.
Wilfried Zaha has returned to Crystal Palace on a season-long loan deal, while several clubs have submitted bids for midfielder Tom Cleverley and striker Javier Hernandez.