Liverpool and Manchester United are set to go head-to head for the signature of Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa, according to talkSPORT.
The Japanese youngster has earned a reputation as one of the most promising playmakers in Europe and has reportedly attracted attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including AC Milan and Juventus.
Manchester United are one those sides and had reportedly been keeping tabs on the 22-year-old until a broken foot prematurely ended his season in January.
But Sir Alex Ferguson’s interest seems to have cooled somewhat following his side’s fine start to the season and the emergence of Tom Cleverly as the successor to Paul Scholes in midfield.
Fresh claims Liverpool have entered the race for Kagawa appears to be sheer speculation considering the wealth of midfield options already available to Kenny Dalglish, with summer signings Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam further reinforcing his ranks.
German reports claim the Reds manager is keen to add more fresh faces to his squad in January and he has sent scouts to watch Kagawa in action this season.
The former Cerezo Osaka man has a contract with Dortmund until June 2013 and he has been valued by the press at around £18m.
It’s easy to see why the Kobe born youngster is receiving rave reviews in the Bundesliga, he scored 12 goals in 28 appearances in his debut season in Germany.