Premier League champions Chelsea are set to take on rivals Manchester United as they bid to land Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel according to reports.
Witsel is keen to leave his current club after spending three seasons with the Russian champions and has already asked Zenit for a transfer this summer.
Agent key to the deal
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is said to have asked super agent Jorge Mendes to look into the matter and Mendes could play a crucial role in luring the Belgian international to Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile Louis van Gaal too is an admirer of the Belgian and has the Old Trafford management’s backing if he decides to move for Witsel.
Witsel feels he is ready to move to a top European club after several years of brilliant performances for Benfica and Zenit.
His manager ,Andre Villas-Boas, has hailed Witsel as a prime figure in the Zenit squad, but also recently admitted that he would not come in the way of the Belgian’s desire to move a bigger club.
It's said both the aforementioned Premier League clubs believe they have a chance of sealing the deal for a cut-price fee. Italian champions Juventus are also said to be monitoring Witsel’s situation and there's interest from other clubs around Europe.
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