Borussia Dortmund

Made in Japan: This is what will you see soon at Old Trafford!

After the end of the long boring saga of Belgian international and Lille youngster Eden Hazard, Manchester United have finally agreed a 15million euro fee with Borussia Dortmund that could rise to 22m (£18m) to sign Shinji Kagawa.

The Japanese international has been linked with United few months back and reports in Germany claim that Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said there are only a few details to be finalize which could mean Kagawa signs on at Old Trafford in June.

The whole world has come to Old Trafford

Manchester United are reportedly plotting a £15m move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa. The Japan midfielder has scored an impressive eight goals in 17 appearances since joining the Bundesliga side at the start of the season, sparking rumours of a move to the English Premier League. The News of the World claims that Sir Alex Ferguson has been following the 21 year-old since his move from Osaka. He is reportedly being considered as a long term replacement for veteran Paul Scholes. Kagawa has already been recognised for his exploits in Germany, winning Kicker magazine’s award for the top discovery of the Bundesliga season. He received 29.3 percent of the vote after 286 of his fellow professionals were polled for their choice.

How United dragged English football into Europe

In a week when Manchester United begin another Champions League campaign, we should remember one of the most blinkered decisions ever taken in the history of English football. When Chelsea won their first ever League title in 1955 they were forced to withdraw from the inaugural European Cup competition by the then Football League secretary Alan Hardaker who feared that the new competition would create too much fixture congestion. That shameful decision was not surprising because the British had a history of being suspicious of international football as shown by the fact that none of the home teams entered the World Cup until 20 years after its inception.