Transfer talk

Kagawa rejects contract, eyes England

April 30, 2012
By ESPN staff

Arsenal and Manchester United transfer target Shinji Kagawa has rejected a new contract offer from Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund and "plans to play in England".

Shinji Kagawa celebrates winning the Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund
GettyImagesShinji Kagawa celebrates winning the Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund

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Kagawa has just one year to run on his current deal with Dortmund, who are reportedly willing to double the Japan international's wages to €6 million, but the attacking midfielder wants to leave German football.

Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc told Bild: "We have a new offer for Shinji and his agent, but he is not willing to sign it. Shinji is planning his own career and he has the desire to play football in England.

"While there is no economic need to sell him, he has a certain market value so we have to follow this with an economic sense. We will continue to have dialogue, but if another club expresses an interest then we will listen."

Dortmund rate Kagawa, 23, at around £15 million, but with no shortage of suitors for the playmaker the final transfer fee could be much higher.

Kagawa has scored 16 goals and provided 12 assists in all competitions this season.