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Shinji Kagawa now seems to be available


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http://www.footballfriendsonline.com/short-stories/2012/5/3/dortmund-invite-kagawa-bids.html

If the story above is true, then Chelsea should get this lad. He will be a massive addition and will play a big role in rejuvenating the team next season. Presently in the senior team we don't have a player who can run at an opposition defense and dribble past one or two players. Kagawa is fast, creative, a good passer of the ball and he scores like a striker. He will be a good replacement for Legend Frank. Most importantly, he is cheap and may give the club good marketing value in returns in Asia.

He is available and loves England. Though paper reports suggest "manure" are ahead but I believe we can outbid them.

What do you think?

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i like the lad, he plays attacking midfield though, so if he was first team that would mean shunting mata out to the wing where hes less effective or changing RDMs tactics. Also saying we dont have a player in the senior squad who cant run round people when we have mata, ramires, luiz, and now marin that can do just that is a tad unfair to them.

I would love this to happen but would prefer an out and out left winger if theres only one attack minded midfielder coming in. If they sign him and a left winger though would be perfect.

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Already expressed my desire to see him here. For what he'd cost, compared to his potential/money he'd bring in, it'd be a gamble that'd almost definitely reap some rewards.

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I'd heard that all this speculation about him is just him trying to get a better contract. He's certainly one of Dortmund's stars and would do well, but I'm still sceptical over whether or not he actually wants to leave.

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united realistically need a destructive midfielder since Fletcher's basically retired and Anderson is being overlooked, imo. Kagawa would be good alongside someone like that in a 4-4-2, or at the top of a 4-3-3 (though that would mean Rooney plays #9 and Welbeck sits on the bench...). I can't see him being hugely effective in the 4-4-2 they seem to favour alongside Carrick/Cleverley just because they'd get overrun and won't be able to control games.

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Kagawa would be a pleasure to have at the club, although he's not really a creator like Juan Mata. He's almost like a second striker who plays in an AM role, further back than most second strikers would. I wonder how he'd do in a sort of inside forward role cutting in from the wings because he's a reasonably competent finisher and wouldn't be expected to provide as many crosses as a conventional winger (crossing apparently is not one of his strong points). Unlike Sturridge, he's strong on both feet so he can play on both wings. His work ethic also far exceeds Sturridge's regarding tracking back, whilst he is also a bit less selfish.

However, he is quite weak so he may initially struggle in the quite physical EPL because he's pretty easy to knock off the ball. Adaptation might also be an issue; he doesn't appear to really speak English - in fact, he doesn't even appear to be able to speak German even after all this time! As such, we may need to bring in another Japanese player if we were to get Kagawa. I'm not sure who'd fit the bill - Japan specialise in creative midfielders but I'd question whether we really need any with the likes of McEachran/Benayoun/De Bruyne/Kakuta on our books. Japanese goalkeepers, centre-backs and wingers are generally not as notable (Ryo Miyachi excepted). So that basically leaves our full-back positions. We seem fine on the left-back position, whilst I'm not particularly convinced that Atsuto Uchida would sufficiently replace Bosingwa as a back-up right back.

But this is all conjecture anyway. It'll probably be Man U's problem to solve, not ours.

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Nope, million miles away (it's a fairly geeky reference)

Its not a Japanese cartoon is it, it rings a bell and I think its some anime of some kind. Cant remember what though.

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So long as he doesn't sit in a corner mumbling "I mustn't run away" over and over.

*wonders how many people here will know that reference*

Neon Genesis Evangelion?

It'd be great if we signed a Japanese player (a good one) as it might swing things from Japan being pretty much all United supporting and then the girlfriend's family and friends might stop asking us to take United merchandise over there.

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I think his contract is up next summer so basically a £15m bid will be enough for Dortmund to accept and then it will just be between clubs individual contracts. United are rumoured to be offering him £90K a week (most of which they'll probably easily make back in merchandise sales). He's a quality player and would be a great signing if we managed to get in there but it looks like he's United bound unfortunately.

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Is Kagawa more of Arsenal-type than Chelsea? If he is something like Rosicky, Arshavin, Arteta or Benayoun. Slight of build and knows all the fifa12 moves. We are a team of strong types and go straight to goal instead of dribbling for fans.

I know very little of the man so enlighten me please.

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Is Kagawa more of Arsenal-type than Chelsea? If he is something like Rosicky, Arshavin, Arteta or Benayoun. Slight of build and knows all the fifa12 moves. We are a team of strong types and go straight to goal instead of dribbling for fans.

I know very little of the man so enlighten me please.

From what I've seen of him I wouldn't class him with them no. He usually plays just behind the striker rather than on the wing and he gets a lot of goals from dropping deeper for crosses in a Lampard esque way I suppose you could call it. He also is a brilliant passer and I'd say his vision is one of the best aspects of his game. He is a technically skilful player too however it is certainly not his only trait.

This season he's got 13 goals and 10 assists in 31 league games which is very impressive. I'd personally love to see him in a Chelsea shirt.

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http://www.espn.co.u...ory/149430.html how would be feel about Man U getting him? and apparently Arsenal want him too..

Probably United bound but he would be a fine addition to Chelsea. While it may be a stretch because I can't see Wenger spending this money on him but he does have a connection with Japan from his coaching days at Grampus in Nagoya so it shouldn't be ruled out. Kagawa and Miyachi with RVP up top would be a nightmare, throw in Wilshire and Chamberlain on top of that and Arsenal won't need a backline.

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