Chelsea enter race for Belgium star Axel Witsel

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Chelsea already have several Belgium stars on their roster, but could be increasing that number if they can bring their latest target to Stamford Bridge – Zenit St. Petersburg central midfielder Axel Witsel.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have begun discussing a move for Witsel while they wait on the outcome of their bid for Witsel’s Belgium teammate Radja Nainggolan.

The Daily Mail noted that Everton have been considered favourites to sign Witsel as a potential replacement for Gareth Barry, Leon Osman and/or Steven Pienaar.

Witsel scored six goals and made two assists in 45 total appearances for Zenit this past season. In four seasons with the Russian Premier League giants, Witsel has 105 appearances and scored 15 goals.

At the international level, Witsel has been capped 69 times for Belgium and has scored seven goals – the most recent of which came in the Euro 2016 group stage against Ireland.

Belgium staring goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and vice-captain Eden Hazard both play for Chelsea.

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