Recent speculation has linked Manchester United with Borussia Dortmund’s Japanese ace Shinji Kagawa, leading many to deride it as a purely commercial signing.
But look beyond the obvious benefits of bringing in one of Asia’s most famous sportsmen and you’ll see that Kagawa is one of the best attacking midfielders in the Bundesliga.
He’s proved a pivotal part of Dortmund’s charge to retain their title with 13 goals and seven assists in 30 games.
Compare that to David Silva of Manchester City with six goals and 14 assists in 34 Premier League outings and Kagawa looks like he could be a steal at a rumoured £7million.
People labelled Park Ji-Sung as a “shirt-seller” when he swapped PSV for Old Trafford in 2005 but the South Korean created himself a reputation as one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s big-game players.
What is clear on this season’s evidence is United are lacking creativity in midfield, having been forced to bring Paul Scholes out of retirement to plug the gaps caused by injuries to Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Darren Fletcher.
The jury remains out on Cleverley but Kagawa looks like he would be ready to make an instant impact if Ferguson could entice him to the Premier League.
Kagawa wouldn’t be the superstar signing the Old Trafford faithful crave but with the bleak, Glazer-imposed financial situation at the club, United could do far worse.
Bacary Sagna will miss Euro 2012 after suffering a second broken leg this season against Norwich City on Saturday – how unlucky can a player get?
The Frenchman missed a large part of the current campaign after a similar injury sustained in October but came back in February to boost the Gunner’s Champions League push.
But now Sagna will have to sit out Poland and Ukraine, and though it could be good news for England but it is a desperate blow for the man who is arguably the Premier League’s best right-back.
The good news for Sagna is that he’s shown already he can make a full recovery from the setback, and he’ll need to dig deep again to get back in top shape.
But when he returns will he be mentally and physically the same? Djibril Cissé has come back from two leg-breaks so hopefully Sagna can do the same.
It would just be a shame if he wasn’t the same player when he finally does pull on an Arsenal shirt again.
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