United agree Kagawa deal

Manchester United agree on terms with Dortmund for Shinji Kagawa.

Manchester United. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Manchester United have agreed terms with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of midfielder Shinji Kagawa, the English Premier League club said on Tuesday, with the Japan international needing to pass a medical and obtain a work permit to complete the deal.

United said in a statement they expected the transfer to be completed by the end of June and have already agreed terms with the attacking midfielder, who has been a revelation in Germany over the past two seasons.

No details of the fee were released but German media reported that Kagawa, who has a contract with Dortmund until 2013, would cost United $21.24million.

"We would like to thank Shinji for his effort and his large contribution in two extraordinarily successful years," Borussia sports director Michael Zorc, who was responsible for bringing the player to Dortmund in 2010, said in a statement.

The 23-year-old attracted few headlines when he joined Dortmund for 350,000 euros from then Japanese second division club Cerezo Osaka but he surprised many by notching 21 goals in 49 league games in Germany.

He won two consecutive Bundesliga titles as well as the German Cup last season, helping Borussia establish themselves as the new force in German football.

His creativity and darting runs from the middle of the field will bring an added dimension to a United side that brought 37-year-old Paul Scholes out of retirement last season to help their Premier League title challenge.