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Shinji Kagawa Transfer Won't Numb Pain of Eden Hazard Loss for Manchester United

TOYOTA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 29:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Shinji Kagawa of Japan reacts after missing a shot during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Asian 3rd Qualifier match between Japan and Uzbekistan at Toyota Stadium on February 29, 2012 in Toyota, Japan.  (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IMay 29, 2012

Eden Hazard is on another planet.

Manchester United failed to impress the 21-year-old Belgian midfielder enough for him to transfer to Old Trafford. While the Reds refused to waste time and mourn their loss, the football player that they designated as Plan B isn’t enough to make fans forget about Hazard.

On Monday, the Lille superstar sent the tweet that shook up Europe:

I'm signing for the champion's league winner.

— Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) May 28, 2012

But according David Anderson of the Mirror, Man U responded instantly. They identified Hazard’s replacement as Shinji Kagawa of Japan. The report reads:

After having an initial offer knocked back by Borussia Dortmund last week, German magazine Kicker claims United have made an improved bid to the Bundesliga champions. United's new offer for Kagawa is said to be worth £12.5million up front, rising to £18.3million.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 18:  Eden Hazard of Lille breaks clear of the challenge of Glen Johnson of Liverpool during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16, second leg match at Anfield on March 18, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Gett
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While the 23-year-old is talented, he isn’t Hazard-talented.

In 38 appearances this season, Hazard scored 20 goals and delivered 16 assists. In his last appearance on May 20, he pulled off a hat trick. Kagawa, on the other hand, sent home just 13 goals and eight assists in 31 games.

Not only is Hazard the more physically gifted player in terms of speed—blazing speed—but even at two years younger, he’s a better overall player than Kagawa. On top of skill level, Hazard is more versatile than Kagawa, as he's able to play more positions.

Sure, Kagawa would cost less money to sign than Hazard. But for the New York Yankees of the football universe, a kinder price tag justifies absolutely nothing.

Hazard regularly draws comparisons to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for a reason. He’s destined to dominate. Chelsea hit the jackpot with the most impactful addition of the transfer season while Manchester United will be forced to settle for Kagawa.

 

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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