Shinji Kagawa
Shinji Kagawa has yet to feature for Manchester United this season. [Reuters]

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa remains a player in high demand after Atletico Madrid were reported to be keen to land the player on a season long loan.

Kagawa struggled to regularly force his way into the United first team last season under Sir Alex Ferguson and has once again failed to start a Premier League game this campaign under new boss David Moyes.

The 24 year old was instrumental in helping Borussia Dortmund win two consecutive league titles and is still adored by fans of the German club who recently started an online campaign aimed at bringing the midfielder back to the Westfalenstadion.

Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that Dortmund are interested in re-signing the Japan international who remains a firm favourite of manager Jurgen Klopp.

"We still keep in touch. It's a bit difficult to speak with him directly, largely because his German hasn't dramatically improved while he's been in England. Talking to him on the phone isn't what you'd call a piece of cake," Klopp recently told

"But I'm in regular touch with his interpreter, who's working in Nurnberg these days. And I often have a few words with Shinji's agent, Thomas Kroth, as well. Believe me, I'm always right in the picture about what the lad's up to."

While Dortmund have been vocal with their interest, it seems Atletico Madrid are hoping to make an official offer as they look to try and secure Kagawa's services on loan.

It is unlikely that Moyes would be prepared to let the player leave on loan but Atletico or Dortmund may return with a cash offer if they feel that Kagawa will not see regular game time at Old Trafford.

The attacking midfielder will certainly be hoping to have more opportunities to demonstrate his ability this season, having gone from a influential figure at Dortmund to on the periphery of the first team in his first season at United.