German outfit Borussia Dortmund have claimed Manchester United have declared their interest in playmaker Shinji Kagawa, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Japanese international is enjoying his debut season in the Bundesliga with 8 goals in 17 appearances. Interest in the 21-year-old has soared and Dortmund say they have handed Kagawa a new contract in a bid to keep away United in particular.
General manager Michael Zorc said: “We desire to strike a long-term deal and aren’t going to panic because United have reportedly expressed an interest.”
Bruce eyes Welbeck.
Sunderland are lining up Danny Welbeck as a replacement for the recently departed Darren Bent, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Welbeck, who is currently on loan at Sunderland, has thrived under Steve Bruce and the Black Cats boss is reportedly willing to offer up to £10m to make the deal permanent. However, Bruce is doubtful of any deal going through considering the players fine form.
“In terms of converting any loan player to a permanent signing, you have to accept it’s a fact of life that, in most cases, the better they do the less chance you have of getting them,” Bruce has said.
“The way that Danny is going, if he continues his progress, he’ll be out of the reach of any but the very biggest clubs around.”
Any potential deal is likely to be concluded in the summer after it was revealed that Welbeck would be out for up to eight weeks, after undergoing exploratory knee surgery.
Rooney praises Berbatov.
Wayne Rooney has hailed striker partner Dimitar Berbatov in the wake of his impressive form in front of goal.
The Bulgarian has carried the torch for United this season, stepping in for the faltering Rooney with an impressive 14 goals. Rooney has declared himself content with his own form, if it means there is an opportunity for other players to shine.
“I enjoy playing with Dimitar,’‘ Rooney told the official Champions League magazine. “If we are playing well together it is the product of us playing and training together for years.
“You start to learn which movements he will make, when he will pass the ball and when he will shoot. He is fantastic to play with. He can do things that are really special.”