Kagawa has suggested he doesn’t have any regrets over making the switch to Old Trafford but Manchester United could offer him a route back to Germany a lot sooner than he may anticipate.
There is no doubt Jurgen Klopp would jump at the chance to get his hands back on the Japanese star but Dortmund also have a player in the form of Robert Lewandowski who interests Manchester United in a big way.
It would be pointless for United to simply let Kagawa return to Dortmund at some point in the future for a straight cash deal because he’s a superb midfielder and someone it wouldn’t be very easy for David Moyes to replace.
The problem for United in trying to secure a Kagawa for Lewandowski swap deal is the issue of the Polish striker’s desire to join Bayern Munich.
It looks increasingly likely that he has a desire to move to Bayern next year, meaning he will only be a Dortmund player for the next six months, which places pressure on United to try and force through that sort of swap deal.
If Lewandowski stands firm by his apparent desire to go and play for Bayern Munich, it takes all of the bargaining power away from United in the respect that they don’t have anything to negotiate over.
However, in that instance, it wouldn’t really matter because they would just shut up shop and would keep Kagawa at Old Trafford.
It’s a possible deal which could happen out of chance, a situation that could satisfy all parties concerned if a fair and good value deal could be worked out in the process.
Needless to say the importance of someone like Lewandowski for United would go through the roof if the club eventually sells Wayne Rooney before the start of the new season, with Chelsea circling like an angry shark waiting for blood.
In that case, it would be a deal worth pursuing but it would also depend on United’s ability to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona because unless that happens, it will be very important for the club to keep Kagawa.
So there are many stages and things which need to happen in order for a Kagawa-Lewandowski swap deal to happen.
Firstly, United need to secure Fabregas which looks doubtful because he’s standing by his commitment to Barcelona.
Secondly, United need to create a necessity for a high profile, prolific and relatively experienced striker which will only happen if Rooney leaves the club and there is still a good chance he could stay.
Then it’s a case of getting Kagawa to agree to the move and getting Dortmund to engage in a willingness to make it happen.
It seems unlikely but if Kagawa is going back to Dortmund now, or at any point in the future, United would be naïve not to try and get a player coming the other way.
What do you think? Would you swap Kagawa for Lewandowski?
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