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06 June 2012 @ 11:15 pm
Manchester Utd secure Shinji Kagawa  

Japan international Shinji Kagawa will become Manchester United's first summer signing.

The Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday they have "reached agreement" with his club Borussia Dortmund.

"Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has agreed terms with both Borussia Dortmund and Shinji Kagawa for his transfer to the club," said a United statement.

"The deal is subject only to the player medical and obtaining a UK work permit. These conditions are anticipated to be completed by the end of June. The deal is expected to cost about STG12 million ($A19 million).

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson and assistant Mike Phelan personally checked on Kagawa the day before the Premier League runners-up's final match at Sunderland, when they saw the Japanese star grab one goal and create another in Dortmund's 5-2 German Cup triumph over Bayern Munich.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder is currently on international duty and played in Japan's 3-0 World Cup qualifying round victory over Oman at the weekend.

Kagawa cost Dortmund just 350,000 euros (about $A450,000) when he joined from J-League side Cerezo Osaka in 2010. He has scored 21 goals in 49 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia, helping them win back-to-back league titles.

Defender Rio Ferdinand was quick to offer his best wishes on Twitter.

"Welcome to Shinji Kagawa for his transfer to Man Utd," he said. "Here's to a succesful (sic) time here bro!"


As a BVB fan, I'm gonna miss him so much ;~; I'm sure his boyfriends Kevin and Ilkay miss him too.
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icanseenowicanseenow on June 6th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
I already miss him. :(
connorblond: bayern muenchenconnorblond on June 6th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
He'll do fine, I'm sure. I see him as a great asset for the team. And Dortmund will sure find a replacement they can get for that kind of money.
yutakaiyutakai on June 6th, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
we'll have Reus under contract from July on ;D so we already have our replacement
still wanted Shinji to stay but it's better if he goes now and we get some good money instead of letting him go for free next year
Laurenblackjedii on June 6th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
Huh. Didn't see that one coming.
connorblond: Gomezconnorblond on June 6th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh - it's been brewing for months now. Not really a surprise. Newspapers in Germany were full of it.
Laurenblackjedii on June 6th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Heh. Sorry, that was sarcasm mode on my end. <3

Now on the off chance that the whole Bayern wanting Benni thing is true and happens...

I am sooo buying an End of the World kit, not even gonna lie about it
connorblond: philip lahmconnorblond on June 6th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)

Bayern wanting Benni? There I must have missed something.
Laurenblackjedii on June 6th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
No worries. I should have used caps or something posting frim a phone is pretty limiting.

Also I think I heard that rumor here? And was like pffffft
lady_teazle: Der Kaiser mit Bierlady_teazle on June 6th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yes Bayern has been trying to poach Benni. I'm not sure how good their chances are though; I expect him (wisely) to stay at Schalke.
connorblond: Schweinsteigerconnorblond on June 6th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oh. That! But isn't the old news. I thought the whole thing was off the table now? Hm. And I agree, he'd be better off with Schalke.
炎黃子孫postingwhore on June 7th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
It popped back up again fairly recently, but yeah, I doubt he's coming here anytime soon. idk, I wouldn't mind another CB, and I'd be cool with seeing him play for us, but we def don't need him for next season. Though if we ever might have a situation like with the CL final wrt CBs again -____-
livingtealivingtea on June 6th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
man the forum i go on to keep tabs on the korean players has been flipping out abt korea v japan after the kagawa news... ugh bigsoccer korea, a very good source for info abt korean players and rage headaches over all the sexist homophobic ethnocentric posts that flood the forum...

ANYHOW, i hope kagawa kicks ass for us this coming season... same goes for park. and more importantly, VIDIC AFTER HIS LOOOONG, COLOSSALLY SHIT INJURY!!!!!!! amazing 2012-2013 season manchester united please, thanks!

(incidentally, anyone know what is going on with nani...????)
lady_teazle: Der Kaiser mit Bierlady_teazle on June 6th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
Eh, not sure. I don't think he'll move, but United is looking like more of a lame duck as Chelsea and City spend and spend.
[--Key--]: alanahikarichanshonen_key on June 7th, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)
ugh rme about korea vs japan thingy. I'm sure there'll be a lot of them once new season starts.. -_-
Kerpow: Barklemeliadoul on June 6th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
When I think of Japanese players, Inamoto, immediately comes to mind. What happened to him was terrible.

Good luck Kagawa!

[--Key--]shonen_key on June 7th, 2012 11:57 am (UTC)
I do hope he'll do better than Inamoto :/
spain_fanatic79: FranRico Esta sonrisaspain_fanatic79 on June 6th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Yaaaayyyy East Asians in football :')

I don't even like Man Utd xD
宝居かりん: CFC - Keep the blue flagflying hightakarai_karin on June 7th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
Ugh Utd ://///

I've loved you since your Cerezo days, Shin-chan... I don't wanna curse you out...

Rachelverses on June 7th, 2012 05:49 am (UTC)
nansan_ogawa: Ikemen Birunansan_ogawa on June 7th, 2012 10:13 am (UTC)
Hope Ryo will back as Regular Player at Aresenal so ELP later will be fun for me seeing
Bluesamurai match againts each other
Kagawa (MU) vs Ryo (Aresnal).
That's my wish.
[--Key--]shonen_key on June 7th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
I already miss him in Bundesliga since there are quite a number of Japanese players there. Is Ryo staying in Bolton or he's going back to Arsenal?

nansan_ogawa: Ikemen Birunansan_ogawa on June 7th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
Bluesamurai at German is actually lots
And no need to sad, coz kagawa left, bundesliga already got the replacing from same club cezero osaka if you know Hiroshi Kiyotake (kagawa lover's lol) I bet he good as kagawa even more I think :p

Speaking bout Ryo, nobody knows, but as Arsenal &Ryo fans
All ppl and myself wants he back as regular player, but Bolton's coach wants he stayin.
Bad Bolton is no longer at EPL, I assumptions Ryo need/want another club if Weenger no need him nau (will be loan again) poor jpnese player at arsenal honestly (ーー;)
But at least Ryo still lucky than SK player hehe
Larryhey_larry on June 7th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
NOoooooo :'(((
Arooj: Manchester Unitedarooj on June 7th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Welcome Kagawa!! I'm excited for him :)
Queenqueenbathory on June 7th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
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