Three months ago, when the transfer window ended, both Milan and Tottenham had failed to make a deal with Axel Witsel. Once the transfer window closed, Witsel claimed that Zenit St Petersburg would never have sold him, even if there was a 60-million offer on the table.
He then added the following:
"It's clearly time to move up a level and move to a big European team but it's not sure it'll happen in January either. Zenit know what I think and are aware of my wishes so I'll stay calm and see what happens in January. I've spent three years in Russia and we were champions last year. It's clear I want to have another challenge at a higher level. It doesn't matter where but it's true that I like Italy.
Fast forward to December, and Witsel has lived up to these words to a certain extent. It is true that a move to Italy is still on the cards for Witsel. However, according to Calciomercato.com, the Tottenham Hotspurs are in the pole position to sign Witsel. It will be a hard signing for both these clubs, nonetheless, since Zenit will not let their star go for anything less than big bucks. Milan can expect to have to cough up 25 million euros, at least.
If anything, this could be an incentive for the club to (finally) wrap up the deal between Silvio Berlusconi and Bee Taechaubol.