Many sources say that Benfica are willing to let midfielder Axel Witsel go, but only for a price of £31m. The Belgian star has been a long-term transfer target for Manchester United and AC Milan. With the Portuguese club happy to listen to offers for the midfielder, the 23-year old looks set to depart Benfica this Summer.
The President of Benfica Luis Felipe Vieira said “every club knows what his release clause is”, before going on to say “If they come here and pay that fee, then there is nothing that we can do”.
The midfielder only moved to Benfica in 2011, after a succesful time at Standard Liege, where he scored 33 goals in 148 appearances. While at Liege he formed a very strong bond with fellow Belgian internationals Marouane Fellani and Steven Defour, before lifting 5 cups with the Belgian League side.
Witsel made 29 appearances for Benfica in his debut season of 2011-12, while scoring one goal in the process. The midfield maestro is considered a Belgian national team must and at the age of 23 has the potential to be a world class player.
Why Are Manchester United Interested?
While Manchester United are bidding on other transfer targets such as Lucas Moura, the Premier League outfit still needs midfielders because Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are not getting any younger, plus Shinji Kagawa can not have all the pressure on his shoulders, despite a goal in United’s recent 1-0 win against Shanghai Shenhua.
Another reason why Axel Witsel should join Manchester United is because Sir Alex Ferguson narrowly missed out on the league title last season and he will of course not want to miss out on clinching yet another league trophy, this season. Therefore, Fergie must buy players that have an effective goal and discipline record, so he can bring the title home to the red side of Manchester.
Why Are AC Milan Interested?
Milan have just suffered the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to PSG and with a rich history of trophies the Rossoneri don’t want to give up their title chances yet, but they must bring transfer targets to The San Siro this Summer.
The Italian League side, like Manchester United, lost the title to rivals Juventus last season and now have a point to prove. Axel Witsel will slot into the role of Central Midfielder perfectly, after releasing the likes of gattuso and seedorf early on this summer.
You can see a video of the talented Belgium international in action here: