Could the Belgium international be on his way to Tottenham Hotspur?
Spurs have strengthened in defence and in attacking positions but they are still an experienced midfielder and an additional quality striker away from having the squad to challenge for silverware and a top-four finish this season, yet Witsel’s arrival would certainly solve one of those problems.
The 26-year-old Belgium international has played 123 matches for Zenit to date, having previously turned out for Benfica and Standard Liege.
He is the perfect age for Tottenham – one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe who could step straight into Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line-up. But with a contract until the summer of 2017 he is unlikely to come cheap…if at all.
Tottenham have just three days to finalise any last-minute business and it would be a huge blow to their hopes of a successful season if they do not bring in a new midfielder.
Witsel also has 60 caps for Belgium and while he is predominantly a defensive-minded player he has still managed to score six goals at international level and 62 at club level (although 42 of those came early in his career at Liege).