Chelsea and Man United to battle for Belgian international midfielder

Chelsea and Manchester United are both said to be interested in signing Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel after learning that he want out of the club, according to the Daily Mirror.

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The Belgian international has spent three years with the Russian champions since completing a £29m move from Benfica in 2012, but now wants to move on for a new challenge.

However, the Premier League giants may face some serious competition from Italian champions Juventus, who are monitoring him given the uncertainty of the futures of midfield trio Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo, and have already opened talks with the player’s representatives.

But Louis van Gaal, who has money to spend this summer, is also looking for a replacement for veteran midfielder midfielder Michael Carrick.

United have been tipped to move for Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger recently, but have been linked with Witsel since his days as a youngster with Standard Liege.

Furthermore, Witsel has admitted that he was a Man United fan when he was growing up, giving the Red Devils an added advantage.

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