Shinji Kagawa’s Manchester United nightmare shows no signs of easing up, his latest disappointment coming in the shape of an omission from the starting line-up for the Red Devils’ 1-1 Champions League draw with Shakthar Donetsk.
The Japanese lock-picker was an unused substitute in Ukraine, watching his side claim a point that left David Moyes’ men as 16/1 shots to lift Europe’s most coveted prize.
If United are to succeed in the Champions League it looks as though, as this stage at least, Kagawa will have a menial role to play. This has prompted Borussia Dortmund to revive their long-standing interest in bringing the 24-year-old back to the Westfalenstadion.
A glittering two years that heralded two Bundesliga titles for die Schwarzgelben, convinced United to part with a reported £17m for the playmaker, but having struggled to make an impact, Jurgen Klopp could re-sign his former star for a cut-price £10m.
Sharks circling again
Klopp has already stated how it ‘breaks his heart’ to see Kagawa used in a fringe capacity at Old Trafford and his desire to bring him back to Germany has been elevated through Manchester City and Arsenal’s rumoured interest in another of his most creative talents, Marco Reus.
The diminutive German international is a potent threat floating in from either flank, while he’s also proved a key provider for goal-poacher Robert Lewandowski.
Benefits of Reus
In seven Bundesliga appearances to date, Reus has helped himself to four goals on the back of recording 14 in 2012/13.
His scent for goal – and likely bank balance-busting transfer fee – makes Dortmund’s latest hot property a better fit for Man City. Their current attacking midfielders, namely Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and David Silva, don’t crop up on the scoresheet frequently enough to raise the Citizens to the standing they desire to operate at.
Their 3-1 schooling at the hands of Bayern Munich demonstrated how far off the Champions League pace City are. They’re chalked up at 16/1 to win the competition with bwin.