Bundesliga expert on Kagawa and Reus swap-deal: 'It won't happen'

Marco Reus

Former player and now journalist specialising in the Bundesliga Jan Aage Fjortoft says Manchester United will not swap Kagawa for Reus.

It may not have been a new story, but Manchester United fans woke up on Sunday morning to fresh claims that Shinji Kagawa could be used in a swap deal to bring Marco Reus to Old Trafford.

The former Borussia Dortmund play-maker has previously been tipped to be used as a makeweight in any potential deal to bring either Reus or his teammate Ilkay Gundogan to United.  And the link makes sense when you consider the Japan international's lack of game-time, and the fact that Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp rates him extremely highly.

With United also needing a creative spark that David Moyes appears to feel Kagawa does not offer, Reus would be an outstanding addition.  But could it really happen?

Reus has a contract with the German side that runs until the summer of 2017.  But his reported release-clause of £30million means United could at least tempt him with a concrete offer that they know Dortmund will have to accept.

That said, the 24-year-old has previously gone on record to say there is more to life than money, after seeing both Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski agree to join Bayern Munich.  So it may not be enough to match his clause.  They will also have to go some to convince him to make the move.

But according to former player turned journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft, it simply will not happen.

When asked yesterday of the rumours, the prolific tweeter replied: "Won't happen."

Fjortoft is known as a reliable source and is the go-to-guy for many Bundesliga-related transfer stories.  

Of course just because he says it won't happen does not mean it never will.  But United may need to look elsewhere as they attempt to rebuild a side that is proving by the week to be some way off the finished article.


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