Chelsea could increase their interest in Axel Witsel, scout confirms

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Chelsea scout Piet de Visser has confirmed his belief that the Blues might step up their interest in Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel in the future, despite the fact they have a notoriously strong midfield as it is.

The fabled talent-spotter, who is known to be held in high regard by Stamford Bridge chief Roman Abramovich, played down the validity of recent speculation that has suggested Witsel might already be within Jose Mourinho’s sights, but did speak positively on the possibility of becoming a target before too long.

Witsel to Chelsea comments

Witsel’s reputation is one that has grown from strength to strength in recent years and naturally with De Visser having his ear close to the ground for such things he’ll know all there is to know about the Belgium star.

If nothing else his words, given to Flemish outlet Het Nieuwsblad, appear to affirm his own appreciations of Witsel’s talents.

"Currently, this is not on the agenda, because Jose Mourinho has a great midfield with Matic and Fabregas. But what is not, can come. The interest may increase," Visser said.

Is there any chance at all?

Indeed it’s difficult to see at the moment just where Witsel would fit in at Stamford Bridge were he to be purchased this summer, despite the fact that he is a genuinely lauded player.

He has bags of ability but then who doesn’t at Stamford Bridge, and the pairing of Nemanja Matic and Francesc Fabregas looks about as good as any in world football.

In any case if there are any plans locked away in some west London vault to see Mourinho perhaps try and buy Witsel they may have to be withdrawn before their time. Put simply, there is an obstacle brewing in the form of Manchester United.

Manchester United obstacle

The Red Devils have been hotly linked with Witsel of late as Louis van Gaal bids to improve his midfield, and with reports indicating that the 26-year-old wants to take his leave of Russia this summer it’s worth noting that a deal is very much there to be made imminently rather than down the line.

On top of that Van Gaal could probably offer the Zenit man plenty of game-time moving forward, something that Mourinho just can’t compete with unless he wants to disturb his winning formula.

Michael Carrick is running on ageing legs and has suffered greatly from injuries of late, and in Witsel Van Gaal might have a player readymade to take the reigns in the middle of the park.

Chelsea fans, United fans, what do you think? Is Witsel good enough for either of your sides? Let us know what you think of a potential move for him in the comments box below.

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