Axel Witsel is a player that has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent years, with both Manchester United and Chelsea reportedly interested in the Belgian.

The 24-year-old currently plays his football in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg after moving there last year from Benfica for around £32m. He is often likened to his international team-mate and current Everton star Marouane Fellaini.

He has spent all of his career playing as a defensive midfielder but, much like Fellaini, has shown the ability to play in more of an advanced role. As well as this, being 6ft 1in Witsel would take no time in adapting to the physical side of the Premier League.

Witsel has been a big part of the Belgian youth set-up since the age of just 15. He made a total of 40 appearances for the various youth teams and was handed his first senior cap for the international side in March 2008, where he managed to score his team’s only goal in a 4-1 loss to Morocco.

The Belgian would be an ideal signing for either Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea who all need to become more solid in the middle of the field.

Zenit are sure to have no interest in losing one of their key players; however, if he is to want to leave the club they will not necessarily need to hold out to make the £30m back that was spent on the player due to their current financial situation.

Although a transfer to the Premier League any time soon is unlikely, with the Premier League being such an attractive division to play in, English fans can be excited about the prospect of Witsel playing in the top flight in the future.


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