Ilkay Gundogan and Shinji Kagawa were both part of Borussia Dortmund’s title-winning side a couple of years ago, however since then things have changed. United signed Kagawa for £12m over eighteen months ago now, and has yet failed to make his mark in England, whereas Ilkay Gundogan has spent basically the whole season injured.
Kagawa, often deployed out of position has impressed in recent weeks, but hasn’t yet been deployed from the start in any of United’s bigger matches this year meaning that an exit could well be on the cards for our Japanese star.
Ben Fairthorne, who has worked for CNN, The Mail and The Sun tweeted this earlier on:
United putting together summer package for Gundogan that includes Kagawa. Agents working on deal will keep updated.
— Ben Fairthorne (@BFairthorne) April 2, 2014
As we all know, Kagawa’s favourite position is in-behind the striker but he currently has Mata, Rooney and even Adnan Januzaj all in front of him in that slot, meaning he is often stuck out on the wing.
Honestly, if Ilkay Gundogan’s injury isn’t a long-term problem I’d be over the moon if this deal were to go through. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out for players at certain clubs and that sadly seems to be the case with Kagawa, so I reckon we should cut our losses whilst he still has value and bring in a player who would be starting for us week-in week-out.