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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. Kingsley

    July 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Al i nd is an able hand dat cn take on our mildfielder,i sugested moderic

  2. omini lawrence

    July 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    In my opinion,i would luv 2 see luka modrid join cfc alternatively Axel wont be a bad idea.Hulk? Great.

  3. Prince Evans

    July 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Witsel is a good player and he can wil fit in @ Old Trafford. Sir Alex and United Excos should please splash the cash and get us quality players!

  4. tony

    July 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    i suggest that man u should get luk modric

  5. Hahahahaha

    July 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Bring up Halk and Modric possibly moses of wigan and thats all


  6. Onini Dickson

    July 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Chelsea should bring mordric,hulk,debechy nd moses.

  7. Joe

    July 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Bring in hulk.modric is also a possibility but i doubt mr levy wil agree after kicking him out of a cl place.

  8. Tomy

    July 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    We need a play maker like modric nd lucas muray in chelsea 2 help our midfild 2 be mor strnger 4 d next season

  9. john sam

    July 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    what Chelsea need now is only Halk and Modric and moses and one left back this is all that chelsea need for now.

    • Shuaib

      July 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      I also nid modric,javetic,witsel nd maico

  10. Edodi

    July 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Sign Hulk, Lucas Modric, Mosses aπϑ Maicon, why I choose d Inter defender is b/cos he ωȋ̝̊̅ℓℓ cheap to do business wit. Blues ωȋ̝̊̅ℓℓ be back again on their fit. Blues without a strong player like Drogba then Hulk, else we ωȋ̝̊̅ℓℓ have problems in d front.

  11. Somuyiwa azeez 4rm Nigeria

    July 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Chelsea need modric, moses, felaini and hulk but d price for more valuable dan hulk if we are unable to sign him then go for ben halfa

  12. oscar lette

    July 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    bluess 4 life, get us hulk, modric nd debechy it will be a fantastic sighning of d season.

  13. Denis say

    July 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Chelsea should bring in players like hulk, modric, moses. Thanks

  14. williams

    July 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm


  15. Adetayo

    July 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    get Modric, Maicon, Hurk/Moses, then include piazon into the team. dis are d player’s chelsea needed 4 nowwwwww.

  16. Shuaib

    July 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I nid maicon at chelsea

  17. Sirk

    July 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I pray 2 see modric, jovetic&maicon in chelsea’s uniform come next season.

  18. Judah

    July 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    If Avb need sthuriage, let exchange wt lucas mordic + morney & will need halk, one right full back , so we are all expeting all ds players

  19. Onohiere sunday

    July 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Chelsea should sign modric, jovetic and macion den we will be set 4 next season.

  20. Abdinasir

    July 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Iam prefering mudric and jovetic to wear blue shirt

  21. Lol

    July 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Rodriguez,modric and moutinho at old trafford. Im shure the reds wil win the premier luegue next seasen!!!


    July 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    We dont maicon bcoz we hav ivanovic who can play as our right back.

  23. Nana Kay

    July 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    The blues 4 life….we only need 3 more signing’s.Get Hulk on the right side ..pare Modric and Hard….and pare Vandewiel and David Luiz

  24. Nana Kay

    July 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    pair Modric and Eden Hazard

  25. Saleh yakubu Tijjani 4rm Nasarawa,Nigeria.

    July 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    All we nid s facao,modric,maicon,alvaro pereira & witsel .cfc wl dne 4 nxt sson.

  26. Veron

    July 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    SAF should go 4 baines nd one of moutinho,sniedjer or modric,he always make only mouth 2 buy player.

  27. Naveen

    July 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Chelsea jus need 5 more players 2 kick off deir season.modric,pedro,cesar azi,alcantara and jovetic

  28. udeme aduak

    July 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    what we need is modric.hulk.jovetic.periera. moutiho nd victor moses. up chelsea

    • Idowu jamiu lagos

      July 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm



    July 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm


  30. Snowhite Obi

    July 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Chelsea need just four more PLAYERS to build a SOLID TEAM for next season….Hulk,Modric,Moses and Maicon. With these World-Class players,Chelsea can easily defend the UCL and fight for the EPL…Roberto Di Matteo should please try and get these players,to win trophies,make us proud and to keep his job.

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