Where next for Shinji Kagawa?
In 2012, Shinji Kagawa joined Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund to great fanfare.
Just two years later, Kagawa returned to Borussia Dortmund having failed to make a real impact in the Premier League.
On Monday, Kagawa is again being linked with playing in England’s top flight, specifically for West Ham and Everton.
This comes via a very reliable news source for Borussia Dortmund news, the Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper.
Shinji Kagawa returns to Borussia Dortmund from Besiktas loan
Now 30, Shinji Kagawa spent much of the 2018/2019 season on loan at Turkish club Besiktas.
Kagawa played 14 times for Besiktas but failed to make a huge impact on the Turkish Super Lig, which was won by Galatasaray.
On Sunday, Shinji Kagawa penned a farewell message to Besiktas on Instagram:
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Dear Beşiktaş supporters, I’d like to thank you for your support. Regret that we missed a title and I wasn’t able to contribute to the team as much as I wanted. Though playing with my teammates and club staff, and for the supporters in Turkey are and will always be my great memories. I shall push myself and challenge for next season. Appreciate your understanding and contiuous support. Thank you. Shinji Kagawa #sk23 #beşiktaş
Everton & West Ham linked with Shinji Kagawa
On Monday, the Ruhr Nachrichten have an update on the future of Shinji Kagawa and it doesn’t look like being at Borussia Dortmund.
Whilst Kagawa technically returns to Borussia Dortmund, the Japanese attacking midfielder is undoubtedly looking for a new club to transfer to, according to the local newspaper.
Besiktas do not have the financial resources to buy Kagawa and Borussia Dortmund are building their squad, as ever, amongst a core of much younger players.
Ruhr Nachrichten link Everton and West Ham with a summer move for Kagawa.
Everton seems a very unlikely transfer for Kagawa as they already have Gylfi Sigurdsson in the position behind the strikers. And, under sporting director Marcel Brands, they tend to sign younger players.
West Ham could well be a possibility, despite their squad containing a number of players similar to Kagawa.
The Hammers have often looked for experience under Manuel Pellegrini and may see Kagawa as a cheap option to bring more quality to their attacking play.