Manchester United are set to complete the Transfer of Shinji Kagawa to Borrusia Dortmund according to German newspaper Bild. The fee being mooted is in the region of £8m, which is £4m less than Manchester United paid for the Japanese International when we signed him from the German giants in 2012. It has been reported to add credence to the Kagawa link back to BVD that his agent Thomas Kroth was in Germany early on Friday, dealing with transfer negotiations.
The player has never truly settled at Manchester United and often played out of position after his arrival from the Bundesliga. With the recruitment of Ander Herrera and Juan Mata, the No10 spot at Manchester United is more than adequately covered. As the manager explained there is an ‘unbalance in the squad’ with too many No9’s and No10’s.
Timothy Fosu Mensah is apparently close to being Louis van Gaal’s sixth summer signing according to the Daily Mail. The British daily newspaper report that the 16 year old Ajax defender was at United’s Carrington complex on Thursday, which may involve a compensation payment in the region of £300.000 should United sign the youngster. Who is obviously one for the future, and can be a win-win signing, but not the calibre of defender Manchester United should be recruiting with our current defensive malaise.
The Daily Express also corroborate this story adding the youngster has had a medical at the training centre. It’s understood that several clubs are monitoring the Fosu Mensa notably Manchester City and Italian giants Inter Milan.
The generally reliable Daily Telegraph are reporting both Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley could be about to leave Old Trafford as the Dutchman commences his plans to form the team in his vision. Paul Lambert at Aston Villa is reported to be keen on Tom Cleverley and there is an obvious need in the midlands for the likes of Cleverley, while links with United’s No 23 are ongoing with Valencia. Nobody at Manchester United will be particularly distressed at the departure of Tom Cleverley who has in-truth stagnated during the last few years, he needs to move on to kick-start his career?
British record signing Angel Di Maria is fit to make his Manchester United debut in Saturday’s game at Turf Moor.
Midfielders, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera are unavailable for selection due to injury, as is left back Luke Shaw and central defender Chris Smalling, unfortunately also Marcos Rojo is still awaiting his work permit and will not feature until the QPR game on Sunday the 14th. Additional concerns are Rafael da Silva (groin) and subject to transfer news; Shinji Kagawa, who suffered a head-knock in Tuesdays 4-0 loss to Mk Don’s.
The Burnley boss Sean Dyche as advised that top-striker Sam Vokes will be Burnley’s only major absentee, with knee ligament damage.
Burnley Provisional Squad:
Heaton, Trippier, Ward, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Wallace, Marney, Ings, Kightly, Taylor, Sordell, Reid, Jutkiewicz, Gilks, Long, Barnes, Hewiit, Arfield.
Manchester United Provisional Squad:
De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Valencia, Evans, Jones, M Keane, Blackett, James, Fletcher, Cleverley, Anderson, Young, Mata, Di Maria, Kagawa, Januzaj, van Persie, Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez, Powell, W Keane.
Do you think Louis van Gaal should put out the strongest starting X1 at his disposal to get Manchester United’s season started?