Manchester United and Chelsea have been put on alert after Borussia Dortmund gave playmaker Shinji Kagawa until the end of the month to sign a new contract.
The Japan international has so far been unwilling to sign a renewed deal, sparking interest from both Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto di Matteo, according to talkSPORT.
The report claims both the Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge clubs have been looking at the 23-year-old, whose current deal runs out in 2013 and so would be able to walk away for free next summer – something the club’s sporting director wants to avoid.
“It's more about planning that affects the other positions. We need planning security,” Michael Zorc said when asked why the deadline was given.
The report claims that the club will likely cash in on the £15million-rated midfielder rather than let him leave for nothing and both United and Chelsea would be willing to recruit the man who scored BVB’s title-clinching goal.
Kagawa has been praised greatly for the way he has performed in the absence of talismanic creative midfielder Mario Gotze, who has only just returned form a long-term injury.