Five Wolfsburg stars Manchester United could demand for Shinji Kagawa

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Wolfsburg are one of the clubs thought to have an interest in signing Shinji Kagawa from Manchester United.

Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs said he would be open to the possibility of signing Shinji Kagawa and offering the Japanese star a way back into the Bundesliga.

“At Werder, I have seen just how good de Bruyne is, and at Dortmund we have seen how well Kagawa can do. If such players are possible, you of course think about them,” Allofs told Bild.

However, Kagawa remains an important piece of the Manchester United jigsaw despite the fact David Moyes doesn’t seem to be able to find a way for him to fit into the heart of United’s midfield.

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If Kagawa was to leave the club, which is questionable, it’s unlikely United would be willing to do a straight up cash deal. Here are five players from Wolfsburg they could go after in a swap transfer.

Julian Brandt

The 17-year-old has a superb record for the Wolfsburg youth team this season of six goals and seven assists in nine matches.

He’s indicated that he won’t be signing a new contract with the German club and he’s a versatile midfielder who can cover two different positions; left midfield and the left side of central midfield.

Federico Palacios

Palacios is simply one of the most prolific strikers to playing any form of European football this season.

The 18-year-old right sided forward has an unbelievable record in the same team as Brandt of 19 goals in nine matches and three assists to top that remarkable goalscoring tally off.

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Luiz Gustavo

The former Bayern Munich man has only just joined Wolfsburg but he would take care of a clear job in United’s midfield.

His presence in front of the back four as an out and out holding, defensive player would allow the other midfielders to flood forward, focusing on attack and not on protecting the back four.

He also has an impressive passing success rate this season of 88.6% from Bundesliga appearances.

Ricardo Rodriguez

Rodriguez is a left-back, which is significant considering the doubts Patrice Evra has cast over his future at Old Trafford.

He’s just outside the top 20 in the Bundesliga when it comes to tackles per game but his age, just 21-years-old, is significant because it makes the Chilean a long term investment and someone who can form the spine of any team he plays in.

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Naldo

Naldo is a more experienced player at 31-years-old and he’s rated as the ninth best player in Germany this season when it comes to interceptions.

David Moyes may be looking to retain a little bit of experience through the heart of his defence, to play alongside Nemanja Vidic over the next couple of seasons with Rio Ferdinand edging closer to retirement.

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