Axel Witsel is the man Milan apparently want to further improve their midfield but there are still many difficulties to overcome.
It’s already been a very busy summer for Milan as they have signed Rodrigo Ely, Simone Verdi, Andrea Bertolacci, Jose Mauri, Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano and sold Adil Rami and, although it still not totally official, Stephan El Shaarawy.
Sinisa Mihajlovic said he has informed the club that he wants to buy a defender but it looks like the next target could be a third addition for midfield as according to Sky Italia, Milan are expected to be in contact with Axel Witsel’s representatives on Monday.
Witsel, 26, welcomes the idea of leaving Zenit and joining Milan but terms have yet to be agreed while making a deal with the Russian club would be the most difficult thing. Sky reports that Milan could try to add Menez to the deal in order to lower the demands of the club from St. Petersburg.
“It’s no secret that we’ve been discussing it with Milan for a while,” Riccardo Napolitano, who is said to be one of Witsel’s Italian intermediaries, told Fantagazzetta. “This is not an easy process, but we are working towards joining Milan. Alex has said he wants to measure himself up against a highly-competitive League, one superior to Russia. He wants an exciting experience that can get the most out of his qualities.
“Zenit are asking for €30m to €35m cash in order to let him leave. Let’s not forget this is a club that has no particular need for liquidity, although we all know what a great director Adriano Galliani is. Sometimes he can make the impossible become possible, so we’ll wait and see what happens.
“We can’t rule anything out, as the situation is constantly evolving. On Monday or Tuesday we’ll have a telephone meeting with the Rossoneri.” Milan are also expected to raise their Romagnoli offer soon.