Tottenham make £13.1m move for reported Chelsea target

Tottenham are hoping to surprise both Manchester United and Chelsea by sealing a £13.1m move for Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel, according to Sky Sports.

Sky Sports report that the Belgian’s current side need to sell some of their foreign players due to a quota system implemented by the Russian FA. The maximum amount of non-domestic players a team is allowed is six, which means that despite already letting Salomon Rondon join West Brom, Andre Villas-Boas’ side still need to let three members of their squad leave.

And while the Blues and the Red Devils have both been linked with the 26-year-old (via Express), it appears that Mauricio Pochettino is the one that is most likely to bring him to the Premier League.

AC Milan have also registered an interest in the centre-midfielder, but are only interested in signing him on loan (via Sky Sports).

While a move to north London may prove the more attractive prospect to Witsel, giving that unlike Milan, Spurs can offer Europa League football this season, Pochettino may find that he has a battle on his hands if one of their Premier League rivals – who will be playing in this year’s Champions League – cement their interest with a bid.

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