€31m or €15m plus Kagawa: United linked with move for Marek Hamsik

Manchester United have been linked with a summer move for Napoli's Marek Hamsik that could involve Shinji Kagawa heading to Italy.

Manchester United fans befuddled by the sporadic use of Shinji Kagawa should get ready to feel aggrieved once again, following the latest rumour regarding the Japanese play-maker.

TMW reports that United want to sign Napoli play-maker Marek Hamsik (nothing new there then) and that they are considering two different offers.

One would see a straight cash offer of €31million, and the other – if Rafa Benitez fancies it – is a €15million offer with Kagawa thrown in for good measure.

In truth the move makes little sense, with Hamsik occupying a similar position on the pitch to Kagawa – something that has caused a number of problems at Old Trafford given the presence of Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.

In short, United already have three number 10s, which is more than enough. Why they would swap one for another is anyone’s guess.

Or perhaps not, because despite Hamsik’s dip in form this season, which has seen a return of just six goals and seven assists, the 26-year-old Slovakian international has talent in abundance.

If you are seeking proof of that fact, just consider his previous season in Italy, when he scored 11 goals and set up a further 21.

But is he really any better than Kagawa? And is he what United need given their problems in the centre of the park and a need for a defensive reshuffle?

Probably not, but this is the rumour mill, and the stories we read do not always make sense.

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