For whatever reason, David Moyes simply does not like Shinji Kagawa.
Many expected the Japan international to come into his own this season, after initially struggling with injuries and the language barrier last term but eventually contributing six goals and three assists to United’s successful title bid.
But since Moyes’ ascension to the Old Trafford throne, the 25 year-old attacking midfielder has made just six Premier League starts in his less favoured left-wing role, and has continually failed to impress.
The United boss would prefer not to quit on his predecessor’s £17million investment after just 18 months in England, but Kagawa is quite frankly money tied up in the squad that Moyes could be using to bring in players of his own choosing, that would undoubtedly see more match time.
Furthermore, there’s a host of potential suitors out there for the Asian ace that are willing to pay reasonable fees.
Tottenham have been heavily linked since the offseason, French big-spenders Monaco have been doing the rounds in the tabloids in recent weeks, and Borussia Dortmund fans have even started a ‘Free Kagawa’ campaign to get the attacking midfielder back at Westfalenstadion, where he claimed two Bundesliga titles in two years with the Black-Yellows.
Some have speculated a swap deal involving contract rebel Ilkay Gundogan or prolific winger Marco Reus.