Standard Liege starlet Axel Witsel has said that it would be a ‘dream’ to move to Arsenal, but the 22-year-old is also considering other Premier League clubs’ offers, according to the Belgian starlet’s father.
“I personally hope that this was his last season with Standard as he needs to grow and to do it he needs to leave the country,” Terry Witsel Snr told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
“He doesn’t have a specific target but he has a dream and it’s called Arsenal, but this doesn’t mean that he’s not open to other clubs.”
Witsel has long been a target for Liverpool, with Damien Comolli and Kenny Dalglish agreeing that the youngster possesses the qualities to help the Anfield club challenge for trophies.
Witsel has scored 10 times in 24 appearances for Standard Liege, and the midfielder is also seen by Arsenal as fitting in perfectly with Arsene Wenger’s youth policy. Witsel also impressed Wenger with his display against Arsenal in the 2009/2010 Champions League group stages.
But Comolli in particular is said to be interested in the starlet, who has been rated by the Metro at £9 million. And should a bidding war ensue between Liverpool and Arsenal for Witsel’s signature, Liverpool will most likely have the upper hand with a larger transfer budget.