United setback in pursuit for Kagawa as Dortmund turn down 13m bid for Japan star
07:56 GMT, 26 May 2012
Manchester United have had a bid for Borussia Dortmund’s highly rated midfielder Shinji Kagawa turned down.
It is believed they tabled a bid of around 13million for the 23-year-old but the German champions are holding out for a fee closer to 16m, according to the Guardian.
He cost just 280,000 when the Dortmund bought him from the Japanese club Cerezo Osaka two years ago, and United are expected to go back with an increased bid within the next two weeks.
Highly rated: Manchester United are keen to sign Shinji Kagawa
Sir Alex Ferguson watched Kagawa a fortnight ago when he scored in Dortmund’s 5-2 win over Bayern Munich in the German Cup final.
He scored 13 goals in 31 league games as Dortmund won the Bundesliga from Bayern by eight points and would fit the profile currently adhered to by United of a young player who could improve and not cost a premium price.
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