Axel Witsel closing in on Borussia Dortmund transfer

Borussia Dortmund are closing in on the signing of Belgium international midfielder Axel Witsel from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian in a deal said to be worth €20m.

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Axel Witsel is set for a return to European football with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund

Belgium media outlet RTBF has claimed Axel Witsel was in Dortmund today completing a deal that will cost the Bundesliga side €20m.

The 29-year-old Belgium international will make a return back to European football after spending the 2017-18 season playing in the Chinese Super League for Tianjin Quanjian.

Dortmund decided to make a move for the player after he impressed in this summers World Cup for the Belgians who finished third in this summers tournament in Russia.

No stranger to Russia, Witsel played for Russian giants Zenit Saint Petersburg between 2012-2016 making a total of 122 appearances, scoring 16 goals.

The central midfielder started off his career with Belgium side Standard Liege where he made 148 appearances between 2006-2011.

In 2011 he signed for Portuguese giants Benfica where he spent one season playing in Portugal’s top flight.  It was at the end of that season when Zenit decided to pay his €40m release clause and take him to the Russian Premier League.

After spending almost 5-years away from the spotlight of Europe’s top leagues, Witsel came back into the eyes of the world again by playing a pivotal role in this summers World Cup. He has now gone onto make a total of 96 appearances, scoring 9 goals for Belgium.

Dortmund are likely to announce the signing of the player in the coming days as they try to build a squad capable of challenging Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga in the coming season.

Chased by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, it seems Dortmund have pulled off a bargain for a player with so much experience and only costing €20m in today’s over-inflated transfer market.