First published 6 August: http://thepeoplesperson.com/2014/08/06/report-atletico-madrid-prepare-25m-bid-kagawa-hernandez-50309/
Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez face uncertain futures at the club and will have no shortage of suitors if they were to leave Old Trafford this summer.
Current reports suggest Atletico Madrid, who have lost striker Diego Costa and defender Luis Filipe to Chelsea this summer, are ready to offer £25 million for the pair.
Neither Kagawa nor Hernandez have seen significant playing time for United during their pre-season tour of the US and their time at Old Trafford may well be up if Louis van Gaal doesn’t see them as players who completely fit his philosophy.
Hernandez was praised and criticised in equal measure by Van Gaal following his goal against Real Madrid and Kagawa has reportedly been informed he will not be first choice for his preferred No.10 position.
Prior to victory against Liverpool, Van Gaal said he would ‘make judgements‘ on who would make the cut for the new season. Whilst Nani and Marouane Fellaini are two players whose futures remain unclear, Hernandez and Kagawa at this point appear to have little future at Old Trafford.
Kagawa, 25, has never really been able to establish himself as a first-team regular following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2012. The Japanese international saw little playing time under David Moyes last season and Dortmund were reportedly interested in bringing him back to Germany as a result.
Despite scoring an excellent headed goal against Real Madrid last week, Hernandez missed a chance against Liverpool and would appear to be firmly behind Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order. Young strikers James Wilson, Will Keane and Angelo Henriquez are also pushing for playing time.
Chicharito has always been a popular figure at Old Trafford thanks to his infectiously happy attitude and the small matter of 37 goals in 101 Premier League appearances, including this spectacular header against Stoke City in 2011, but it doesn’t mean he is guaranteed to be part of United’s future with Van Gaal ready to fix the ‘unbalanced‘ squad he inherited from Moyes.