Having waited months for a decision from the Japan international, the Bundesliga champions will move to sell him to another club if an extension is not signed by MondayBundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund have given star attacker Shinji Kagawa until the end of the month to decide if he will agree to a contract extension or seek a transfer to another club, German media reported on Thursday.
The Japan international, whose current deal expires in 2013, has been offered a three-year extension through 2016 with an annual salary of €3 million. But after waiting several months for a response, Dortmund's front office has run out of patience and will the player this summer while the club is still in a position to ask for a high transfer fee.
"It's about planning for the future of the club," sporting director Michael Zorc told Kicker. "Other positions are involved too. We need security."
Kagawa has garnered attention from Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea as well as Serie A veterans AC Milan. A transfer fee of €15 million would not be out of the question; a bargain when one compares the figure to the €350,000 spent to acquire the player from J-League outfit Cerezo Osaka in 2010.
Manager Jurgen Klopp, for his part, already appears to have come to terms with whatever Kagawa's final decision may be.
"If Shinji leaves, life goes on," Dortmund's tactician told Kicker. "After all, it's not like we had planned on playing an identical line-up for the next 25 years."