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The Axel Witsel transfer saga takes a new twist

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Premier League champions Leicester have emerged as rivals for the signature of Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel.

Witsel is widely expected to leave Zenit this summer but the transfer saga is rapidly descending into farce as various media outlets post conflicting reports about who is in pole position to sign him.

Everton remain keen on Witsel and are able to offer significant wages in order to tempt the Belgium midfielder to sign.

Napoli and Inter Milan have been linked with the former Standard Liege man, though they cannot match Everton’s financial muscle.

Chelsea were also believed to be interested but their imminent signing of N’Golo Kante may take them out of the running.

However, the Kante deal may mean Leicester step up their interest in Witsel as a direct replacement - according to France football.

The Foxes would be able to offer the 27-year-old significant wages and, perhaps crucially, Champions League football.

Witsel is reportedly back from holiday today so the end to this frustrating saga may well be in sight.

But with plenty of options in front of him, it’s difficult to second guess where Witsel will be playing his football next season.