Everton linked with Witsel move

Everton are eyeing a move for Axel Witsel after Zenit St Petersburg boss Mircea Lucescu confirmed the midfielder wants to leave.

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Witsel has been with the Russian outfit since joining from Benfica in 2012 and he has been a regular fixture in the first team, making 106 league appearances and scoring 15 goals.

The Belgium international was part of the squad that reached the quarter-final stage at Euro 2016 before they were knocked out by Wales after losing 3-1.

His time at the Krestovsky Stadium now appears to be drawing to a close after Lucescu revealed the midfielder wants to move, and there have already been offers lodged.

“He has spoken with the club and he has asked to leave,” he confirmed to Calciomercato. “He has two offers from Italy and two from England. The club placed a high valuation on him because he is an important player, one of international level.”

Everton are one side being closely linked with manager Ronald Koeman, who succeed Roberto Martinez this summer, said to be a firm admirer of the 27-year-old.

The Toffees are hoping to make big strides in the transfer market after the recent takeover and could be willing to shell out around £20million for Witsel.

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