Date: 19th April 2019 at 8:00am
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According to Aksam (h/t Sport Witness), Everton are ‘tracking’ Shinji Kagawa and could ‘try again’ for his signature this summer. The Toffees have stiff competition from West Ham United and Besiktas for his signature, but Kagawa would surely jump at the chance to join Everton over the other suitors. He has a £7.2m market value, and Playerswiki say he currently earns £5m-a-year/£962k-per-week.

The 30-year-old joined Besiktas on loan from Borussia Dortmund in January and has gone on to make eight appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating four goals. Kagawa has an uncertain future in Germany due to the lack of playing time in 2018/19 – five appearances for Dortmund this season – but there’s been no official approach from Everton just yet.

It’s hard to see the Merseysiders signing the wide-man due to his lofty salary and lack of re-sale value, however. Marcel Brands has outlined his vision to build a club with a lower average age, so Kagawa would be the antithesis to such a philosophy. If the South Korean international is surplus to requirements at Dortmund, he may not be right for Everton either.

Would Brand sanction a move for the out-of-form £5m-a-year forward? It’s unlikely.

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