The transfer market is up and running now, and Chelsea have been linked to yet another player, Alex Witsel. The 26-year old Belgian central midfielder plays for the Russian Premier League outfit FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Juventus have been heavily linked with the 26-year old but Mourinho and Chelsea are planning to hijack the Italian champions’ move for him, according to reports. It is no new thing that Mourinho has been an admirer of Witsel and tried to sign him during his stint at Real Madrid, but the player chose the Russian side instead.
Witsel is primarily a central midfielder who also plays an attacking role occasionally and is that kind of player who would suit the ‘Mourinho style’.
What he can bring to Chelsea if signed is a huge upgrade on John Obi Mikel, whose departure is imminent this season.
But the only concern regarding this move is whether Witsel would play second fiddle to the likes of Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas, who just completed an impeccable season.
What Witsel’s signing would bring to Chelsea is an increase in squad depth and also and extra choice in the attack since the player is capable of carrying out both the roles. This can be vital if Mourinho decides to rotate his squad unlike the last time, and either Oscar or Fabregas can get some rest in case of fixture congestion.
The possibility of this move happening is bleak at the moment, as an official move hasn’t been made by either of the sides, but one thing that might make this deal a reality is agent Jorge Mendes.
The Super Agent is shared commonly by both Mourinho and Witsel, and it might push the deal through if any of the parties shows the slightest amount of interest. If it gets through, this deal is going to be nothing but a great addition to the balanced Chelsea side.
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Edited By: Siddharth Dutta
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