Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho targets Axel Witsel from Borussia Dortmund - sources

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Jose Mourinho has reignited his curiosity in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel, with sources telling ESPN FC that the Manchester United supervisor’s journey to Belgium through the worldwide break centred round scouting the 29-year-previous.

Mourinho advised reporters on Friday that he had travelled to Brussels for the UEFA Nations League conflict with Iceland so as to monitor Romelu Lukaku’s health following a hamstring harm. However, though Lukaku was dominated out of the sport earlier than travelling to Antwerp for additional therapy, Mourinho remained in Belgian capital to watch Witsel win his 100th cap within the 2-zero victory for Roberto Martinez’s crew.

Mourinho has been a protracted-time period admirer of Witsel and had been eager to signal the previous Benfica and Zenit St Petersburg participant final summer time.

United as a substitute spent £52 million to signal Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, with the Brazilian midfielder’s age — 25 — a key think about him being most popular forward of Witsel, who accomplished an £18m transfer to Dortmund from Chinese language Tremendous League outfit Tianjin Quanjian after serving to the Belgians to third place on the World Cup.

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Witsel has made a formidable begin to life in Germany with Dortmund, serving to the membership to the highest of Bundesliga — 9 factors away from fifth-positioned Bayern Munich — concurrently being a key determine of their Champions League marketing campaign.

Mourinho is set to enhance his midfield choices at Previous Trafford and he believes that Witsel possesses the standard and expertise to make a big distinction to his crew. United don’t have any plans to make a transfer for Witsel in January, with Mourinho as a substitute planning for summer time reinforcements.

Paul Pogba’s lengthy-time period future at Previous Trafford stays unsure, whereas Nemanja Matic’s lack of kind this season has additionally raised questions over the Serbia worldwide’s prospects at United. Mourinho will, nevertheless, have to persuade United transfer for Witsel would make monetary sense with the participant due to flip 30 in January.

However whereas Dortmund could be resistant to promoting Witsel after only one season on the membership, a big price for the participant subsequent summer time might persuade the Bundesliga leaders to promote.

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