Manchester United Transfer News: Deal for Kagawa Reaches 'Advanced Stages'

Simon Edmonds@@Eddie_EdmondsCorrespondent IJune 4, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Shinji Kagawa of Dortmund runs during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal FC and Borussia Dortmund  at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Manchester United's main transfer saga of the summer looks to be drawing to a close, with reports that Borussia Dortmund chairman Michael Zorc has confirmed that the deal involving Shinji Kagawa and the Red Devils is close to completion. have announced that the deal has reached the final levels of negotiation, although apparently some finite details still need to be hammered out between both Dortmund and United over the Japanese international's contract.

After rejecting an initial bid of £12 million made by United earlier in the week, it is believed that the new sum will come to roughly £17.5 million.

Although a considerable markup from the original price, many fans across Europe would generally consider this an absolute steal for a player who has been instrumental in Dortmund's recent ascent up the Bundesliga ranks.

In fact, compared to the whopping £32 million that Chelsea will eventually have to fork out for Belgian superstar Eden Hazard, Sir Alex and the Glaziers should thank their stars that they will be able to bring in a player of such quality for what is, in today's inflated transfer market, such a minimal fee.

Assuming contract negotiations are reached and the deal goes through, one has to wonder as to whether or not United will be happy to leave it at that for the remainder of the summer—in terms of big-names signings, anyway.

It has been quite a while since Old Trafford saw more than one established player brought in at the same time.

Certainly United have signed a plethora of great talents in recent years, but in the majority of those cases, the players brought in were relatively unknown to the majority of Premier League fans.

Kagawa, however, is a player with a European, and global, pedigree.

The deal should all but end the rumours of Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica or Spurs' Luka Modric coming to Manchester.

Still, recent stories have been heavily linking the former champions to Everton left-back Leighton Baines.

Should United manage to bring in Kagawa, it will be interesting to see whether or not Fergie then turns his attention on signing Baines as a possible future replacement of Patrice Evra.

For now, though, it looks like United are finally about to get their man.

Kagawa is going to struggle to adjust to the grittier style of play in the Premier League at first, but, in time, he has the potential to become another great United No. 7.

And what do you think about possible future targets for the transfer window?

Will Sir Alex be content to stick with what he's got, or will his interest stay keen for further additions to the squad?

Leave your thoughts below.