Manchester United set to make way for Asian alternative

With reports mounting around the playmaker’s imminent arrival at Old Trafford, sources suggest that Manchester United are prepared to sell Park Ji-Sung this summer in order to fee up space for Shinji Kagawa.

The latter has been linked with a move away from current club, Borussia Dortmund, for some time now and has pointed out the Premier League as his preferred destination.

Kagawa is even reported to have claimed that a deal was already in place when speaking to a news outlet in his native Japan but it has emerged that the Red Devils are yet to come to an agreement with Dortmund as of yet.

Park has been responsible for unlocking a major amount of Asian attention for Manchester United, most notably from his homeland, South Korea.

The former South Korean captain has seen a reduction in playing time this season and at 31 years old, made just 19 starts for United across all games this season.

Kagawa has just a year left to run on his current deal at the Westfalenstadion and despite efforts from the Yellow and Blacks to hold onto their man, he looks set to leave the German league champions in the coming months.

United’s latest offer is said to be around £13.5m for a player that is eight year’s Park younger and undoubtedly has more to offer in the long-term.

The 23 year-old made 42 starts for Borussia Dortmund this season, scoring 20 goals and 14 assists in a season that saw them retain the Bundesliga title.

Arsenal have emerged as late contenders for Kagawa’s signature but with the youngster sounding Old Trafford out as a very plausible destination, it seems very likely that Sir Alex Ferguson will get his man.

Park also has just a year left on his current contract and the club are supposedly choosing to cash in on that deal rather than lose the veteran on a free in 2013.

Tom is a recent graduate with a degree in Broadcasting from Brighton University, having written for a variety of sports publications, as well as a keen football fan and season ticket holder.