Could Kagawa be makeweight in Manchester United move for Reus?

The want away Japan star could be used to lure Dortmund into a deal.

Shinji Kagawa could yet have a key role to play in Manchester United’s season, with the midfielder offering the Red Devils a potential bargaining chip in any move for Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus.

The Germany international has been singled out as a key January transfer target for the Old Trafford club, who are keen to reassert their authority over the Premier League with a big-money, headline-grabbing transfer.

Reus is seen as the man to fill such a role, with David Moyes identifying the former Monchengladbach star as the ideal fit to provide Manchester United with additional attacking options when going forward.

Reus’ versatility also sits well with the reigning Premier League champions, who see the 24-year-old as the perfect man to provide squad competition to the likes of Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young and Nani among others.

Despite this, the player has remained steadfast in his approach, previously informing reporters that he was very happy with Dortmund, the club he has supported as a child.

That said, the Bundesliga club will be willing to listen to a substantial offer for the player, having previously cashed in on Mario Gotze, though in that instance buyers Bayern Munich ultimately landed their man after activating an astonishing €35 million release clause in the youngsters contract.

In this instance, however, Manchester United are in a position of particular strength, with David Moyes willing to table a cash plus player offer that could see Shinji Kagawa reunite with Jurgen Klopp.

The Dortmund coach has made no secret of his displeasure at the treatment of the Japan international, who made his name with the German giants during two Bundesliga-winning seasons in Europe.

But since moving to Manchester United, the 24-year-old has struggled for game time, with injuries curtailing his impact last term while David Moyes has used the midfielder sparingly during the current campaign.

Concerns over his place in Japan’s squad for the 2014 World Cup have now prompted Kagawa into a rethink with the player rumoured to be agitating for a January move away from the Premier League.

Klopp has previously attempted to resign the Japanese star and after taking Nuri Sahin back from Real Madrid in a loan-with-an-option-to-buy agreement last year, Kagawa would no doubt be welcomed back with open arms should he decide to head back to the Bundesliga.

All of which sets up the very real possibility that should Manchester United come calling with a big money offer that also throws in the services of the former Westfalenstadion hero for Reus, Dortmund and perhaps even Klopp himself, may find it too good to turn down.

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