According to Bild, Manchester United could agree a £17m deal for Axel Witsel, with the 29-year-old being offered to them by Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian. Manager Jose Mourinho is said to be considering a move for the Belgian international as the central midfielder might provide value for money to allow him to strengthen an area United are short in.
The Red Devils lost Michael Carrick this summer, with the long-serving ball-player retiring to become a first-team coach, leaving them with Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and new-boy Fred. With the likes of Scott McTominay unlikely to be a mainstay in the senior squad, United could make a move for a more experienced replacement.
Witsel joined Quanjian from Zenit Saint-Petersburg in January 2017 and has gone on to make 47 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating nine goals. The 29-year-old would provide even more physicality to the engine room and has proven himself composed in possession, but it’s unknown if United will make his £17m release clause.
Borussia Dortmund are also being linked with his signature but may baulk at the asking price, according to reports.