Riccardo Napolitano, Alex’s Italian agent, is quoted on the Italian press saying Witsel has given his availability to Milan but the transfer is not done.
After signing Andrea Bertolacci for €20 million and Jose Mauri on a free transfer, the Rossoneri are looking to add more quality to their midfield.
It appears that they have made progress on the Axel Witsel front with the Italian representative of the player (at least according to the press), Riccardo Napolitano, saying the player has accepted a move to the red and blacks.
“The reports on the Belgian newspapers that have taken for granted the deal with Milan are a bit premature,” Napolitano told Antenna Tre, according to Milannews.it. “At the start Axel was not convinced by Milan’s proposal, because he was looking for a club that played in the Champions League.
“However, the Rossoneri were very insistent and at the end the player gave his broad agreement to Milan, without first fully defining the economic agreement. The first hurdle has therefore been overcome.
“However, the largest obstacle is left to overcome as Zenit is a club that doesn’t need money. Milan are prepared to spend €20m, but the Russians are asking for €30m to €35m. The interest of Milan has been there for several weeks and there was also interest from Juventus but it slowed down. What kind of player is Witsel? He’s definitely a top player and is a guy with a lot of quality and still room for improvement.
“A player like him would be a coup for Milan and Mihajlovic. He’s placed Italy as a priority.” The 26-year-old Belgian midfielder made 28 league appearances for Zenit last season, scoring 4 goals.