AC Milan rule out signing Axel Witsel from Zenit

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AC Milan have confirmed they won't be signing Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel this summer.

The Serie A side were strongly linked with making a move for the Belgium midfielder, but their CEO has today confirmed that they are not interested in signing him and have only got eyes for a new centre-back this summer.

Milan Summer Plans

Milan have been busy in the transfer window already, signing five new players, and Adriano Galliani has confirmed that all that's left for them to sign is a new central defender, ending all speculation surrounding Witsel.


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The 26-year-old midfielder has been at Zenit for three years now, since joining them from Benfica, but he's been strongly linked with a move away from the Russian league, with Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United all reportedly interested.

However, it now seems to be a two-horse race between the Premier League sides after Galliani dismissed his sides reported interest.

Milan have already signed; Rodrigo Ely, Simone Verdi, Andrea Bertolacci, Luiz Adriano and Jose Mauri, and Galliani has confirmed that only a centre-back is left on their wishlist.

Galliani Rubbishes Claims

In a recent interview, when he was asked about the interest in Witsel, the CEO confirmed that there is no interest and won't be any interest as they search for a new defender.

He said: "No [we won’t sign Witsel], that’s enough now. "The only objective left is a central defender."

Milan have already spent just shy of £30million this summer, with Bertolacci costing the club £20m from Serie A rivals Genoa.

Shock Ibrahimovic Bid?

Despite confirming that Witsel is out of the question and only a centre-back is needed, the Milan CEO refused to rule out making an audacious bid for club legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

It's public knowledge that the Swedish striker is considering his future away from Paris Saint-Germain, and when asked about a possible reunion in Italy, Galliani refused to rule it out.

“We will wait to see what happens. Ibra is the only one with a licence to kill,” he told reporters.

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