Shinji Kagawa may be on his way out of Borussia Dortmund with a loan move to Beşiktaş looking like his next destination. The 29-year-old spent the majority of the second half of last season out with an ankle injury. It looks also like new coach Lucien Favre does not see him as part of his plans.
Will this be a good move for Shinji Kagawa
A look first at the midfielder's form, in fact, the player had an impressive start to last season. This was seen as he produced six goals with seven assists in the first half of the season for his club.
His ankle injury, however, in February resulted in him missing nearly the whole of the second half of the season. This looked like it might have even kept him out of the World Cup for Japan. This was due to him hardly kicking a ball since the injury before teaming up with the national team for the World Cup.
Although in the three games he played for Japan during the World Cup he shone. This was seen as he slotted home Japan's first goal in Russia, a penalty against Columbia. While he also played very well against Belgium in the round of 16 and even provided the assist for Takashi Inui's goal against the Europeans.
These performances in Russia it is said caught the attention of Fikret Orman the president of Beşiktaş.
The player then suggested at the end of last month that he could be open to a move in an interview he gave. As he said the following when he teamed up with his colleagues after a slightly longer break for the World Cup.
“[A new manager] means new experiences and new motivation. At my age, I feel a certain responsibility and I want to play at a higher level.”
Although a spanner could be thrown into the works for Beşiktaş as their Super Lig rivals in Turkey Galatasaray may also look to acquire his signature.
A major link here is that his national side teammate Yuto Nagatomo is already in Turkey with Galatasaray. It is known also that the Turkish champions have been interested in Kagawa since his time with Manchester United and are said to be considering a bid against Beşiktaş.
While Nagatomo said last month “Nothing would make me happier than to have [Kagawa] come to Galatasaray, whatever path he takes I want to support him.”
We shall keep a close eye on this story and it will be interesting to see if Kagawa is in the first match-day squad for the new season with Borussia Dortmund when they play Red Bull Leipzig on the 26th August.