Chelsea have agreed on personal terms with Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel, according to the Sun.
The latest development is a huge setback to Ronald Koeman’s Everton, who were reportedly very close to agreeing on a move for the Belgium international for £28m, but it seems like that their move has been hijacked by Chelsea.
The 27-year-old, who impressed for Belgium in Euro Cup, joined Zenit in a £32m move to 2012.
He only has one year left on his current deal with Zenit and has been put on transfer window by his club.
He has previously stated his desire to quit his current club this summer. “I want to try a new experience in a different League, a new challenge,” he said last month.
“I hope to step up a level and play in a big European club.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea have been dealt a setback in their pursuit of Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes, according to Daily Mirror.
The report claims that the La Liga have turned Chelsea’s improved bid of £40million for the 22-year-old.
The Blues have already had their initial bid of £32million turned down for the Portugal international.
Manchester United are also interested in the highly-rated midfielder.