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Chelsea & Man Utd Boosted In £20m Midfielder Pursuit

Chelsea and Man United have been boosted in their pursuit of Axel Witsel with the news that Benfica are ready to sell the £20m-rated midfielder this summer.

Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Chelsea and Manchester United are linked with a Belgian international.

Axel Witsel

Chelsea and Manchester United have been boosted in their pursuit of Axel Witsel with the news that Benfica are ready to sell the midfielder this summer, according to talkSPORT.

The Belgian international moved to Benfica last summer from Standard Liege for £6.3m and had an excellent debut season, playing a pivotal role in the Portuguese side’s Champions League run to the quarter finals.

The report claims that the Lisbon club are now ready to cash in on Witsel this summer but have slapped a £20m price-tag on the players head.

talkSPORT suggest that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has held a long standing interest in the player, while Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is also on the look out for a combative midfielder and has been impressed by what he’s seen of Witsel.

A move to the Premier League would no doubt suit the Belgian’s aggressive style of play, but should either Chelsea or Manchester United make their interest official they may face competition from La Liga champions Real Madrid who are also said to be tracking the 23-year-old.

Would you like to see Witsel at your club? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. Snowhite Obi

    July 4, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Chelsea’s attack is extremely WEAK,but with these four Wise-Men in Chelsea(Modric,Hulk,Moses and Maicon),Chelsea will become the most DANGEROUS TEAM in the World….Just imagine Torres,Hulk,Modric,Hazard,Mata,Ramires and Moses in Chelsea.

  2. bolaji

    July 4, 2012 at 1:57 am

    God,,,,we are no doubt d envy of other clubs supporters-Torress,Harzard,Ramires,luiz,Born-leader Terry,our mysterious Goal-stopper, Peter at d post,d killer defender,ivanovic,Ashly cole remain d best of his types,our evolving meireles,and volatile bertrand,,,if ds arsenal is joined by modric,hulk,maicon,rafael,,,another champion league feat is sure

    • me

      July 4, 2012 at 3:32 am

      as it stands (marin & hazard already in) chelsea will not finish top 4 again;
      needs more depth in the team!!

      and indeed, mainly because chelsea has not got proper strikers
      (torres might /might not be back i would not risk to go with him alone, suicidal);

      cheslea is the envy of no one!!!
      now they need to win the CL playing fluently!

  3. abbe

    July 4, 2012 at 6:29 am

    lets go modric and hulk ontime before the window close

  4. Abdulazeez Gboki

    July 4, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Why not go for modric we nid ds guy to replace Lampard and bring Hulk in to stanford bridge.

  5. Abdulazeez Gboki

    July 4, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Why not go for modric we nid ds guy to replace Lampard and bring Hulk in to stanford bridge,plz lets not 4get our own talented mildfielder lukas pianson.

  6. isah jibril

    July 4, 2012 at 7:43 am

    let us go for modrich, hulk and forget about the rest.

  7. Ray

    July 4, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Chelsea ned modric n hulk 2 replace lampard n drogbo bcuz torres s nt a play dat can deliver any tym

  8. Adejare rid1

    July 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

    It’s our time nw if we can sign dat modric, hulk and maicon.

  9. Makinde olusanjo o

    July 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    We need modric,hulk and giv josh a little chance to prove himself,mata ramires torres hazard marin mikel jt legend cole ivanovic luiz and cech are equal to another champions league trophy

  10. Mac blues

    July 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Cf need hulk, modric nd jovec wit 1 r back

  11. Alpha chelsea

    July 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Bring moses and hulk for me, as a chelsea fan i cn b very happy please!!!!

  12. Damilola

    July 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    All d prayer of all chelsea fans is for hulk,modric and maicon 2 join d blues with dis addition to a squad with d likes of Mata ramires lampard terry cech we are becoming unstoppable.up blues up chelsea

  13. Matthew Gesi

    July 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Chelsea need Luka Modric 2 replace Lapard and a solid striker Falcao or Cavani 2 replace Drogba. With our nw boyz Hazard &Marine addition of Hulk, Moses Chelsea will be too hot next season.

  14. Wajir Emma

    July 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Pls we need players like::Modric,Hulk,Maicon,Moses or Ba

  15. Wajir Emma

    July 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Chelsea manegement should 4get about money make den buy dis quality players…….Luka Modric,,,Hulk,,,Maicon,,,moses or Demba Ba


    July 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    For chelsea 2 stil b d defending champions nxt season, we must have these players-HULK,MODRIC,MAICON,MOSES 2 partner wt our forma players.if dey do these we d fans wil b very grateful,up blues.

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