Chelsea have offered €34 million to sign Axel Witsel, making it an uphill task for AC Milan and other suitors, Soccer Lens reveal.
Witsel has been a target for Chelsea in recent links, after helping his club to a first place finish in the Russian top division last campaign. He is now said to want to move for a new adventure to a club that plays Champions League football.
AC Milan are also understood to be weighing a move for Witsel, but they seem to have been blown out of the water by Chelsea’s offer, as well as Roman’s intervention.
Few days back, reports had it that Abrahamovich will utilise his personal relationship with Zenit president Alexander Dyukov Valeyervich to a good extent, in order to make sure Witsel joins the Blues.
The Belgium international’s valuation of around €34 million should not be a problem for Chelsea, given the Premier League champions’ recent domestic success and the lucrative deal with Yohohama Tyres.
The aforementioned source cite Corriere dello Sport who say AC Milan have asked Witsel to wait till August, probably because they want to come up with a better offer.
The player’s agent, Francesco Ligeti has, as per Metro, also revealed that his client is in talks with Chelsea.
Witsel was also an initial target for Man United, but the club has moved to seal the signings of midfield duos Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Scheiderlin instead leaving Chelsea and Milan as the suitors for the ex-Benfica star.
The addition of Witsel to the Premier League champions’ team will be great should he move to Stamford Bridge. However, the Blues will have to ship out the likes of Ramires and Obi Mikel in order to accommodate him.
Witsel will likely be Nemanja Matic’s midfield partner, and Cesc Fabregas will be allowed to flourish in his more preferred attacking role.
The player would also be keen on the move as he wants to improve his chances of featuring for Belgium at the Euro 2016.