Blues lead race for Witsel after Milan back out
Chelsea appear to be leading the race for Zenit midfielfer Axel Vitsel after AC Milan withdrew their interest.
The Italian giants have been keeping tabs on the Belgian for several months and it was suggested they were preparing a bid. However it appears Milan will now look elsewhere. The CEO of AC Milan Adrian Galliani stated
He said: “No [we won’t sign Witsel], that’s enough now.
“The only objective left is a central defender.
This gives Chelsea a huge opportunity in their pursuit of the Belgian international.
Not only does Milan’s withdrawal of the Witsel transfer saga gift Chelsea the upper hand, but the friendship between Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and Zenit president Alexander Dyukov Valeryevich could be the push the blues need to finalise a deal for Witsel.
Information coming from the Belgian website RTBF states that Abramovich may speak to the owner of the Russian champions which could be the pivotal factor that brings the 26 year old to London. The alleged fee could be around £24million.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will have to dip into the market if John Obi Mikel and Oscar depart Stamford Bridge, despite reports claiming Mourinho will block any potential sale of Mikel.
Juventus have been long term admirers of Oscar and if the Chelsea boss loses both of these players, Axel Witsel could be the man to fill either ones boots.