Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich is ready to help his club’s attempts to sign Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel by speaking to Zenit St. Petersburg president.
Alexander Dyukov Valeryevich who owns the Russian giants is said to be close friends with the Blues owner.
According to Belgian website RTBF the two owners will use their relationship to push through a deal worth around £24million.
Jose Mourinho has identified the defensive midfielder as a replacement for John Obi Mikel who looks likely to leave this summer.
AC Milan have also been linked with the Belgian but CEO Adriano Galliani has confirmed they are no longer interested in Witsel and have moved on to other targets.
He said: “No [we won’t sign Witsel], that’s enough now.”
“The only objective left is a central defender.”
Witsel is not only a ball winning midfielder but also a good passer of the ball.
The Standard Liege product joined Benfica from the Belgian outfit in 2011 and then joined the Russian giants for a whooping €40 million in 2012.
He was a key part of Zenit’s 2014-15 Russian Premier League win in 2014-15 season making 41 appearances for the club and scoring 6 goals.
Witsel is capped 57 times for the Belgian National Team and he found the net 6 times for the Red Devils.
Chelsea has two key players from the player’s country in the forms of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard and he will be delighted to join his compatriots at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United were also interested in the Belgian midfielder but after securing the signatures of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, they have lost interest in him.