Report: Chelsea to hijack Everton move for Axel Witsel, personal terms agreed

Hungary's Akos Elek in action with Belgium's Axel Witsel

Chelsea have made a move to beat Everton to Axel Witsel.

Belgium's Axel WitselBelgium's Axel Witsel

Chelsea have hijacked Everton's move to sign Axel Witsel, report The Sun.

It is claimed the Blues have agreed personal terms with Witsel's representatives, although they are yet to settle on a fee with his club, Zenit St Petersburg.

Belgium's Axel Witsel scores their second goalBelgium's Axel Witsel scores their second goal

The report claims Everton had been leading the race for Witsel's signature, with the player keen on a move to the Premier League.

The defensive midfielder would be the second Belgian signed by new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, potentially joining striker Michy Batshuayi, who clinched his move at the weekend.

Talks over his future have accelerated after Belgium's elimination at Euro 2016.

Belgium's Axel Witsel in action with Republic of Ireland's Wes HoolahanBelgium's Axel Witsel in action with Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan

Neither side can offer European football next season, but Chelsea can out muscle Everton financially despite the Toffees' recent investment.

Everton do have two Belgian internationals of their own who could sway Witsel into a deal, with Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku still very much part of the squad.

No deal has been clinched yet and Ronald Koeman's side can still win the race for Witsel, but Chelsea have just made it a lot more complicated.

Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots and Belgium's Axel WitselBelgium head coach Marc Wilmots and Belgium's Axel Witsel

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