MANCHESTER UNITED have confirmed the £12million signing of Japan star Shinji Kagawa.

Shinji Kagawa signs for Manchester United
Shinji Kagawa

The Borussia Dortmund playmaker, 23, will seal the move later this month once a medical and work permit have been completed.

A United statement said: “We are delighted to announce that we have agreed terms with both Borussia Dortmund and Shinji Kagawa for his transfer to the club.

“The deal is subject only to the player passing a medical and obtaining a UK work permit.

“These conditions are anticipated to be completed by the end of June.”

United defender Rio Ferdinand was delighted with the capture.

He wrote on Twitter: “Welcome to Shinji Kagawa for his transfer to Man Utd. Here’s to a successful time here bro!”

Borussia sports director Michael Zorc was responsible for bringing the player to Dortmund in 2010.

And he said: “We would like to thank Shinji for his effort and his large contribution in two extraordinarily successful years.”

Kagawa was named in the Bundesliga’s team of the season for 2010-11 despite being absent through injury for half the campaign.

He then went on to score 16 goals last term, when Dortmund completed the domestic league and cup double.

United boss Alex Ferguson and assistant Mike Phelan made a personal check on Kagawa last month.

They watched him grab one goal and create another in Dortmund’s 5-2 German Cup triumph over Bayern Munich.

The Sun