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Report: Shinji Kagawa returns to Borussia Dortmund on permanent transfer

Aug 31, 2014, 8:48 AM EDT

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German outfit Bild is reporting Manchester United have sold Shinji Kagawa back to Borussia Dortmund after two miserable seasons on the sidelines at Old Trafford.

Fellow German paper Kicker is corroborating that story.

According to Bild, Kagawa has signed for his former club Dortmund for $10.5 million on a four-year contract.

It would be a great bit of business for Dortmund, who sold their playmaker to United for nearly triple that value just two summers ago.

The report says Kagawa has postponed his medical with a few financial details still to iron out in his deal, but that the medical should be completed “quickly.”  The report says the deal will be completed by tomorrow.

Kagawa was a creative force at Westfalenstadion before his move to Manchester United, but he spent his two seasons at Old Trafford largely on the bench, if that. He made just 38 Premier League appearances for United as Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, and Louis van Gaal all decided against using the Japanese international.

He appeared to be his normal creative force while on the pitch, but it’s hard to argue with three different managers that have all largely banished Kagawa to a supporting role.

The midfielder is still just 25 years old, and it’s no surprise United are looking to offload extra parts given their massive spending spree this summer.  They need to do a bit of balancing given the new Financial Fair Play rules, as they are only allowed to spend money relative to their income.

The Bild report speculates the Bundesliga side could be bringing Kagawa to offset the eventual loss of Marco Reus, which is a whole other topic indeed.

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