Manchester United complete Shinji Kagawa signing
Friday 22 June 2012
Manchester United have completed the capture of Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal.
Kagawa passed a medical with the Old Trafford outfit earlier today and has now tied up the loose ends of a transfer Sir Alex Ferguson expects will prove a big success.
“Shinji is an exciting young midfielder with great skill, vision and a good eye for goal,” said Ferguson.
“I am delighted he has chosen to come to United.
”I believe he will make an impact upon the team very quickly as he is suited to United's style of play.
“We are all looking forward to working with him.”
Kagawa is United's second capture of the summer, following the arrival of England Under-19 international Nick Powell from Crewe.
Ferguson has been under pressure to strengthen his midfield for two years now, with many fans believing it lacks quality compared to a number of United's rivals.
Paul Scholes did abandon his retirement in the middle of last season and, together with Ryan Giggs, has signed on for a further year with the Red Devils.
However, with question marks over the fitness of Anderson and Darren Fletcher, who is still to attempt a comeback after it was revealed he was suffering a bowel complaint, Ferguson had to make a move.
United did miss out on Lille's highly-talented playmaker Eden Hazard, who opted to join Chelsea.
However, Kagawa does bring some impressive statistics to United.
The 23-year-old helped Dortmund land successive German titles and scored 17 times in addition to claiming 13 assists as they also went on to complete the double last season.
Having been ruled out of Olympic duty in London this summer, it is anticipated Kagawa will be part of United's pre-season tour to South Africa and China.
He should also avoid claims of being little more than a signing to sell shirts, a label that was attached to Park Ji-sung for so long.
“This is a challenge I am really looking forward to,” said Kagawa.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is such a massive club.
”This is a really exciting time for me. I can't wait to meet the team and start playing.“
Apple agrees deal with Visa on contactless payments
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer latest: Arsene Wenger set to sign...no one on transfer deadline day as manager heads to Rome to referee charity match
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal offloads fringe players as he looks to the long term
Radamel Falcao transfer latest: Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City linked with blockbuster move
Tottenham to offer Andros Townsend to Southampton in £14m deadline day bid for Jay Rodriguez
Radamel Falcao to Manchester United: Striker hasn't played in Champions League since 2010
- 1 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 2 Perez Hilton apologises for Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
- 5 Jennifer Lawrence 'naked sex video' will be leaked threatens 4Chan celebrity photo hacker
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward