With Eden Hazard looking set to choose London over Manchester, Alex Ferguson has set his sights on capturing the signature of Japanese sensation Shinji Kagawa. The Japanese attacking midfielder helped Borussia Dortmund win the German domestic double scoring 13 goals along the way.
Hazard and Kagawa are two very similar players. Both can play on the wing or just behind the front man in a more creative position and have set their leagues alight this season.
Chelsea look set to sign Hazard from Lille for a fee believed to be around £32 million with a five year contract worth over £20 million. In contrast Kagawa may only cost United £18 million and it is certain his contract demands will be much less demanding than that of Hazards.
So Chelsea and United are likely to bring in two quality young creative midfielders, but the question is who is getting the better deal?
Statistics say Manchester United will get much more for their money than Chelsea, as the young Japanese midfielder has bagged 86 goals in 198 appearances for Dortmund averaging a goal every 2.3 games whilst Hazard has played six games less but only managed to score 50 goals averaging a goal every 3.8 games.
When it comes to assists the Bundesliga midfielder prevails on top yet again with 45 assists in comparison to Hazard’s 38. Kagawa has clearly been more successful recording better statistics in arguably a much tougher league.
The Belgium international Hazard, has strung along several English clubs since the season ended and has demanded a mega money contract which has seen Manchester City walk away from the Belgium wonder kid. £32 million is a hefty price to pay for a player who has not proven himself within Europe or in a bigger league.
Chelsea do not seem to be learning from their last mega money flop, Roman Abramovich has had to wait nearly two seasons for his £50 million striker to show his worth, and even now Fernando Torres is finding it difficult to fulfil his potential in a Chelsea shirt.
Alex Ferguson will have been very disappointed to have missed out on Hazard’s talent but as the old saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining and the fact United can now chase a more proven player for practically half the price will please many Red Devil supporters.
No one will know how these two young talents will take to the Premier League but one thing is for sure, they have bags of talent and if we are lucky enough to see a small percentage of that then we sure are in for a treat next season.