Atletico Madrid are set to capitalise on Borussia Dortmund's indecision by bidding for Manchester United outcast Shinji Kagawa.
According to talkSPORT, the 25-year-old has emerged as one of Atletico Madrid's top targets following their capture of Diego Costa replacement Mario Mandzukic.
Kagawa, who joined United from Borussia Dortmund for £17m in the summer of 2012, had been linked with a return to his former club after a disappointing two seasons at Old Trafford.
Competition for places
The Japanese international has failed to secure a regular starting spot, with competition for places fierce in his preferred number 10 position. The £37m acquisition of Juan Mata from Chelsea was not good news for Kagawa, who has often been asked to do a job on one of the flanks as a result.
Reports had claimed United were planning to use the midfielder as bait in a potential swap deal for Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. But the Bundesliga club are holding firm, and have ruled out the prospect of letting the Germany centre-back go this summer.
With that option off the table, Atletico Madrid have now jumped to the front of the queue. Kagawa was thought to be keen on the idea of reuniting with Jurgen Klopp in Dortmund, but Atletico Madrid is also an attractive proposition.
The La Liga winners are rebuilding their squad following key departures. They've already snapped up Mandzukic, and are now eyeing a creative midfielder to bolster their Champions League credentials.
Louis Van Gaal is open to offers for Kagawa, who has played a limited role on the club's preseason tour of the United States. The new United boss looks set to play a 3-5-2 system, with Juan Mata off Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
That would mean Kagawa playing second fiddle to Mata, with Adnan Januzaj also looking to fill the same role next season. Kagawa made just 18 Premier League appearances last season, 14 of which were starts, and he failed to find the net once.
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