Man United and Chelsea target Shinji Kagawa has been given until the end of the month to commit himself to German champions Borussia Dortmund or face the exit door.
The Japanese star’s contract expires in 2013 and Die Borussen are keen to cash in on the 23-year old this summer should he not wish to stay at the Westfalenstadion, in order to avoid losing one of their most saleable assets for nothing.
Kagawa has caught the eye of many of Europe’s top clubs in the last two years as his current side have secured the Bundesliga crown in consecutive seasons for the first time in over 15 years under Jurgen Klopp.
The likes of AC Milan, Bayern Munich and Arsenal have all flashed admiring glances at the talented midfielder but it is the Red Devils and the Pensioners who have shown the most interest.
Both teams are expected to add to their midfield options in preparation for the next campaign and the creative abilities of the Dortmund man would fit perfectly into either squad.
Chelsea, however, have the issue of uncertainty in terms of who will lead the club into next season, giving United a leg-up in the race to snaffle the diminutive playmaker.
It is believed that he would command a fee somewhere in the region of £15 million, which could prove good value for a player who averages nearly a goal every two games from midfield.
The Germans are still keen to keep hold of Kagawa if they can, and have offered a lucrative deal to tie him down for a long period, but with the former Cerezo Osaka man stalling on putting pen to paper he looks destined to move elsewhere.