United set to miss out on midfielder as negotiations begin

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Reported Manchester United target Axel Witsel is edging towards a summer move to AC Milan after initial talks were held between the Italian giants and Standard Liege.

"We are talking with Standard Liege [about Witsel]," Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani told Sky Sport 24.

These comments from Galliani were soon reinforced by his Standard counterpart, Luciano D'Onofrio, who had travelled from Belgium to Italy over the weekend to discuss a potential deal.

"I spoke with the Milan hierarchy,” he said. “We had a chat for a few hours yesterday."

According to talkSPORT, United have been pursuing Witsel for some time, with other sources claiming Sir Alex Ferguson had dispatched scouts to watch the combative midfielder in action.

The United boss is known the be keen to reinforce his midfield during the transfer window after the release of Owen Hargreaves and the retirement of Paul Scholes, while speculation is mounting that Darran Gibson may also leave Old Trafford during the transfer window.


Witsel, 22, had allegedly been identified by United as a player with the potential make an impact at Old Trafford, while the Red Devils have also been tracking his teammate Steven Defour.

However, United appear to be set to miss out on the signature of Witsel, and are instead likely to turn the attentions to signing either Luka Modric or Wesley Sneijder.

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