Agent dismisses Kagawa move as Atletico Madrid said mulling bid

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The arrival of Juan Mata from Chelsea is thought likely to encourage Atletico Madrid to step up their reported interest in Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa.

Japanese international Kagawa joined Manchester United in the summer of 2012 for a reported fee of £12m from German outfit Borussia Dortmund.

Having shined for Jurgen Klopp’s men in the Bundesliga, Manchester United fans had high hopes that Kagawa would become a top class playmaking midfielder.

Kagawa’s Premier League debut, however, was one to forget, as the Red Devils slumped to an opening day defeat at Everton. And Kagawa wasn’t a permanent fixture in the starting XI that first season, as concerns were raised over his fitness.

By March last year, however, the situation seemed to have improved. The Manchester United playmaker had a game to remember as he netted a hat-trick as his team crushed Norwich City 4-0 at Old Trafford – becoming the first Asian player to score 3 goals in a Premier League match. Yet despite picking up a Premier League winners medal, last season remained a rather disappointing one for Kagawa, as he failed to live up to his potential.

Since the arrival of David Moyes as Manchester United manager, Kakawa has started just seven Premier League games, failing to contribute to any of his team’s goals.

And Kagawa’s Manchester United career now looks to be in the balance following the arrival of Juan Mata from Chelsea, although his agent Thomas Kroth insists a potential move away is just rumours:

'At this moment I am sure Shinji will stay. There has been no contact and so it is just rumours', Kroth told Sky Sports.

When asked if Mata joining Manchester United would impact Kagawa's future at the club, he said: 'No, it is my opinion that he will stay'.

However, according to Spain's Elgoldigital, Atletico Madrid are monitoring the situation and could be willing to make a bid for the Japanese star as they look to hone in on a first La Liga title since 1995-96.

Atletico Madrid currently sit in third place in La Liga, level on points with Barcelona and two behind city-rivals Real Madrid - but with a game in hand. The Rojiblancos are thought to believe Kagawa could be that missing ingredient to fire them to an unexpected title.

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