Man United Submit £23.5m Bid for Quality Box to Box Midfielder

Old Trafford side make move for Benfica man.

According to Portuguese source O Jogo Man United have launched a €30m (£23.5m) bid for impressive Benfica midfielder Axel Witsel. Sir Alex Ferguson is apparently keen to boost his midfield options and having seen previous target Lucas Moura move to PSG the Scot has set his sights on the Belgian international.

The 23 year old only moved to Benfica from Standard Liege a year ago so it would be fairly surprising if they were to elect to sell him this summer. Sir Alex Ferguson has been relatively restrained in the transfer market thus far, bringing in Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell fairly early on in the window.

Witsel was perhaps best remembered for the horror challenge that he committed on Marcin Wasilewski back in 2009, for which he received an eight match ban, but the talented midfielder gone from strength to strength since that chapter in his career and he helped Benfica to put in a real challenge to FC Porto’s superiority last term, which led to a runners-up spot for the Lisbon based side.

Ferguson may well feel the need to bring in some fresh faces to a midfield that currently includes two elder statesmen in Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick, the of form Brazilian Anderson as well as the unproven but very able Tom Cleverley. Darren Fletcher is still to make a full recovery from illness.

Having come away from 2011/12 with no silverware, for only the second campaign in 14 seasons, it seems likely that Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to bring in another player or two before the end of the month.

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