Chelsea are ready to move for the Zenit midfielder, Alex
Witsel, as Turkish and Middle Eastern clubs target Mikel,
while Baba Rahman is also on the radar at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho though has always maintained he wants to keep
his squad together, but is looking to let Mikel go to make
space for Belgium international Alex Witsel.
Witsel, 26, is eager to leave the Russian club and he is being
chased by Italian champions, Juventus. Chelsea have
entered the race for the Belgian.
Witsel would be considered a direct replacement for Mikel
as a holding midfielder to challenge Nemanja Matic for a
Chelsea’s chances of landing Witsel will be boosted by the
fact that the Belgian and Mourinho are represented by the
same agent, Jorge Mendes. Not to forget the fact that
Chelsea front man, Hazard is teammates with the midfielder
in the international scene.
Witsel cost Zenit €40 million when he signed from Benfica in
2012 but he wants a new challenge after winning the Russian
title last season under Andre Villas-Boas.