Dortmund's transfer activity should worry United fans slightly because of midfielder Shinji Kagawa, a player Klopp has been very open about in terms of his admiration and respect for the player, who he cried over when he first went to Old Trafford.
Klopp would seemingly jump at any chance to re-sign Kagawa and he could make an enquiry over the Japanese star, especially considering the recent injury to new signing Henrikh Mkhitarayn, which is hardly ideal heading into the new season.
He called Kagawa one of the best central midfielders he’d ever seen last season, criticising Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision making in using him as a left midfielder when his best position is through the middle.
Kagawa is an undoubtedly talented player but he’s had a frustrating time of things since he signed for United, something he’s not been afraid to be very public over.
Now the star has even told Japanese television he is keen on a return to Germany, as reported by Bild:
"For me it was not a good season for United. If Dortmund agrees, I would like to one day return to this team."
Kagawa could easily feel threatened by Manchester United’s approach for Cesc Fabregas, which shows they are in the market for another forward thinking central midfield player.
One of the reasons Kagawa holds so much anger over his performances for United last season is because for the majority of the time, he was played out of position.
He seems to have the ambition to want to become the best central midfielder at United, which will become substantially more difficult if David Moyes is able to draft in Fabregas who would start ahead of him in the current side.
Wayne Rooney’s departure would change things because that would open up the possibility that Kagawa and Fabregas could play together but if the striker stays, he’ll more than likely start alongside Robin van Persie in attack, which eradicates the chance of a five man midfield if Fabregas signs on the dotted line.
Kagawa’s value will go through the roof if United don’t manage to sign Fabregas because he will quickly find himself with the sort of club status that he’s wanted all along.
That chance to be the best central midfielder at United and possibly in the Premier League is something he seems to be very keen on and if Moyes feels as though he can offer him that sort of status, he’s not going to move on.
The relationship between Kagawa, Klopp and Dortmund was, is and always will be very positive and while the German club are in the market for central midfielders, the Japanese star will always be of interest to them.
In a way signing Mkhitaryan has made Dortmund ever so slightly less likely to go after Kagawa but that chance of him going back to Germany will always be there unless United use him in a positive and drastically different way to how they handed him last season.
What do you think? Could you see Kagawa going back to Dortmund?
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