Manchester United ‘renew interest in Dortmund star Axel Witsel’

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho ‘reignites interest in Borussia Dortmund star Axel Witsel’

  • Jose Mourinho traveled to watch Belgium’s Nations League win over Iceland  
  • He has been a long-term admirer of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel 
  • Manchester United are reported to be considering a move next summer 

Matthew Smith For Mail Online

Manchester United have renewed their interest in signing Borussia Dortmund and Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, according to reports. 

Jose Mourinho traveled to Belgium’s 2-0 UEFA Nations League win over Iceland earlier this month, ostensibly to check on Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini. 

However neither United player was involved in the game, and it is now reported that 29-year-old Witsel was the subject if interest instead.  

Manchester United have renewed their interest in signing Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel

Manchester United have renewed their interest in signing Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel

ESPN report that Mourinho traveled to Brussels to keep tabs on Lukaku, but when he was ruled out of the game with a hamstring problem, stayed to watch Witsel in action.

Witsel, previously of Benfica, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Tianjin Quanjian, has long been linked with a Premier League move and Mourinho is a known admirer.

United were linked with a deal in the summer, but instead spent £52million on Brazilian midfielder Fred, who has since fallen out of favour under Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho traveled to Belgium's Nations League win over Iceland and watched Witsel

Jose Mourinho traveled to Belgium’s Nations League win over Iceland and watched Witsel

Witsel meanwhile has impressed for Dortmund, helping them move four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, and nine ahead of champions Bayern Munich.

Mourinho, who has long complained of a lack of transfer spending at United despite a large number of players arriving at the club, is looking for midfield reinforcements. 

However ESPN report that a January move is unlikely, with United facing a wait until the summer until they can try and prise Witsel away from Dortmund. 



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