By Christian Bailey
Arsenal are ready to enter the race to sign Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa as Arsene Wenger looks to freshen up his Emirates Stadium squad this summer.
The Japanese international has stated his intention to leave the Bundesliga club this summer and has been strongly linked with a number of prospective suitors, most notably Manchester United.
Wenger sent scouts to monitor the 23 year old last term and with Andrei Arshavin and Abou Diaby said to be exit bound and Yossi Benayoun unlikely to be offered a permanent role at the North London club there may well be a need to bring in a goal-scoring attacking midfielder when the transfer window re-opens.
Kagawa has enjoyed a remarkable spell in Germany, winning back to back domestic titles in his first two seasons at Borussia Dortmund. Jurgen Klopp has used the Kobe born talent in an advanced central midfield role, sitting behind the club’s forwards and in this role he has managed 28 goals and 12 assists in 70 matches.
The Borussia Dortmund man is not likely to cost a great deal as he has just a year to run on his current contract and has proclaimed his intention to leave this summer.
Wenger is said to be willing to make a substantial cash offer and is also willing to consider the use of a number of squad players in part exchange with the likes of the aforementioned Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh as possible inclusions in any deal to bring Kagawa to the Emirates Stadium.