Kagawa signs for United

Japanese midfielder becomes first summer signing for English Premier League giants after Borussia Dortmund agree fee.

    Kagawa signs for United
    Kagawa helped steer Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back titles [GALLO/GETTY]

    Japan international Shinji Kagawa is set to become Manchester United's first summer signing after the English Premier League club confirmed Tuesday they have "reached agreement" with his club Borussia Dortmund.

    "Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has agreed terms with both Borussia Dortmund and Shinji Kagawa for his transfer to the club," said a United statement.

    "The deal is subject only to the player medical and obtaining a UK work permit. These conditions are anticipated to be completed by the end of June.

    "Further details will be announced in due course."

    The deal is expected to cost around $18.4 million.

    Rising star

    Manager Sir Alex Ferguson and assistant Mike Phelan made a personal check on Kagawa the day before the Premier League runners-up's final match at Sunderland, when they saw the Japanese star grab one goal and create another in Dortmund's 5-2 German Cup triumph over Bayern Munich.

    Kagawa cost Dortmund just $446,000 when he joined from J-League side Cerezo Osaka in 2010. He has scored 21 goals in 49 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia, helping them win back-to-back league titles.

    Defender Rio Ferdinand was quick to offer his best wishes on Twitter.

    "Welcome to Shinji Kagawa for his transfer to Man Utd," he said. "Here's to a succesful (sic) time here bro!"

    The 23-year-old attacking midfielder is currently on international duty and played in Japan's 3-0 World Cup qualifying round victory over Oman at the weekend.

    Pogba exit

    United midfielder Paul Pogba revealed on Tuesday he is in Turin to complete his transfer to Italian champions Juventus.

    The 19-year-old turned down the offer of a new contract and could become the Serie A club's first summer signing.

    "I am thinking about my future, I am in Italy with Juventus to discuss my transfer," Pogba wrote on Twitter.

    Pogba left Le Havre to join United's youth academy in 2009. He made just three league appearances for the Red Devils last season.

    SOURCE: AFP


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