It’s hard to know what to make of the Witsel rumours, having come out of nowhere overnight.
Italian papers say the player’s likely to resist our overtures, preferring a move to AC. But their preference for a loan is still a stumbling block. *Update – the Italian window has now shut, leaving only EPL teams in the race.
Sky Italia claim that we’ve offered £27m, though Milan News suggest that would also include a further £25m repayable over two additional instalments.
Witsel would be the pick of an ever expanding contingent of Belgians at the Lane, and a huge improvement on Dier who has played the holding role reasonably well to his credit. He would also add great hair to a midfield already boasting Dembele and Lamela.
The 26-year-old has been capped 56 times for the Rode Duivels, scoring 6 goals from midfield.The smart money says that it’s more likely that Zenit or his agent are merely using Spurs to force Milan’s hand. That said, the move makes sense for Zenit who need to offload non-Russian players after a recent ruling dictated that at least 6 home grown players must be on the pitch at any time.
The last time Spurs completed a deadline-day deal on this scale saw Rafa Van der Vart arrive. Here’s hoping.