Transfer rumours tend to take on a life of their own, and the less they make sense the more popular they seem to get. The rumours saying that Everton are in for Japanese attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa are exactly that - unfounded rumours.
Multiple sources have been crawling all over this tidbit over the last couple of days, not least dodgy Italian site TuttoMercatoWeb, who will gladly transfer your aged great-uncle to West Ham United, Newcastle and Everton if you look away for even a second during your next family reunion.
All these sites vaguely cite Germany daily Bild without actually linking when and where this was reported by the outlet. When Sport Witness actually attempted to dig for the truth, guess what they found out?
It was from a while ago, nothing recent other than Galatasaray.— James Nalton (@JDNalton) April 7, 2018
Yeah, perhaps. Thanks for your help.— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) April 7, 2018
Besides, let’s take a look at the logical reasons here - Everton just spent a club record transfer fee on Gylfi Sigurdsson to be the main playmaker, bringing in Kagawa to sit on the bench behind him makes no sense at all.
He can play out on the left, but replacing Yannick Bolasie with a 29 year old who has been increasingly injury-prone (as can be expected with age) makes little sense.
Kagawa has proven to be a key man for manager Peter Stoger at BVB, and has another two season left on his current contract. Everton have more needs all over the pitch than chasing this attacking midfielder, a position where the Blues have arguably the least need.