United & Arsenal 'make check' on Belgium star - reports

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Manchester United and Arsenal are two of several clubs monitoring Standard Liege midfielder Axel Witsel, it has been claimed.

The 22-year-old was once suspended for eight matches for a challenge that snapped an opponent's ankle - for which Witsel also received death threats - but has gathered many admirers for his no-nonsense approach.

TalkSPORT reported last week that United were keen to bring the Belgium international to Old Trafford after he informed Standard chiefs he intends go move to pastures new when the transfer window reopens.

Now, according to TEAMtalk, Arsenal are ready to join United in pursuit of the midfield enforcer and the Barclays Premier League rivals both had scouts watching Witsel on Friday.

The Standard academy product scored both goals as Belgium ran out 2-0 winners over Austria in a qualifier for Euro 2012 and United and Arsenal will undoubtedly have been impressed by his contribution.


Along with representatives from United and Arsenal, talent-spotters from Barcelona, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke, Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen were also said to be in attendance.

However, Witsel himself is not prepared to let the interest in his signature become a distraction. He said: "There are great clubs in the stands during an international game, and maybe I scored at the right time - but I never go on the field thinking about them."

Arsenal and United were also reportedly keeping tabs on Witsel's international teammates Steven Defour and Eden Hazard - both of whom have been linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford respectively.

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