Bundesliga football expert Jan Aage Fjortoft has given some interesting thoughts on Manchester United’s reported interest in Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan.
As the midfielder returns to first team training with the German side following injury, the TV pundit has taken a look at the sequence of events which may unravel if Gundogan became interested in an Old Trafford switch.
They key as he sees it is Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa.
Kagawa was originally brought from Borussia Dortmund by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and his positive relationship with the club and friends there has always been well maintained and publicised.
Fjortoft suggests that Gundogan would get on the phone and ask him all about life at Manchester United.
So Gündogan will call Kagawa and ask: How is Man UTD? What happened to you? That kind of things happen in Transfers.....— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) January 6, 2014
Whether that’s necessarily a good thing for David Moyes’ men is open for debate.
Since Kagawa signed for United in 2012, he’s failed to have the sort of impact at the club that many predicted and would have expected.
His position was changed slightly for Ferguson to get him into the team and there is no major sign that’s changed under Moyes with Kagawa taking up a predominantly left midfield role in United colours.
It’s something that Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has said breaks his heart in the past and it’s something which could work against United if Gundogan started sniffing around the possibility of a move to the Premier League champions.
Realistically nothing is going to happen any time soon because very few players will want to move this month if they think they have a good chance of going to the World Cup in the summer.
Dortmund are also likely to shut up shop after Robert Lewandowski finally confirmed that he would be moving to Bayern Munich at the end of the season, with Klopp unlikely to want to lose anyone else.
Fjortoft is speculating but he could be right on the money in terms of the first person Gundogan would call if United mounted a serious push for the player this summer or at some point next year.
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