Shinji Kagawa

Shinji Kagawa

When it comes to ‘transfer outs’ in regards to Manchester United’s summer, top of the list – barring their growing bosman contingent – is undoubtedly Japan international Shinji Kagawa.

The attacking midfielder moved to Old Trafford in summer 2012, and after battling with the language barrier and persistent injuries last term, he managed to contribute six goals and three assists to United’s successful title bid.

Many expected the 24 year-old to press on this year, but under David Moyes, Kagawa has managed just seven Premier League starts and is now some way down the Carrington pecking order.

Too valuable in the transfer market to justifiably hold onto for another full campaign, it’s believed the Japanese playmaker will be either sold at the end of the season or used as leverage in United’s summer transfer activities.

A return to former club Borussia Dortmund appears to be the most likely option – Kagawa claimed two Bundesliga titles in 18 months at Westfalden before joining the Red Devils – which could see one of their many highly-rated first team talents move the other way.