Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian have reportedly offered the services of Axel Witsel to Manchester United.
The 29-year-old midfielder, who was a part of Belgium’s impressive World Cup campaign in Russia, appears set to part ways with the Chinese club, despite just one year being left on his current contract with the Asian outfit.
Witsel supposedly wishes to secure a return to Europe, and he has been heavily linked with a switch to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the ongoing summer window.
In fact, a few sources have claimed that Witsel should already be a Dortmund player, after reports from earlier this week suggested that the midfielder had traveled to Germany to complete his medical with BVB.
Dortmund were initially believed to be on the verge of signing the former Zenit Saint Petersburg man by activating the €20m release clause in his contract Tianjin. However, the Chinese club is now denying the existence of any such clause in the deal, as per Bild.
Furthermore, Tianjin Quanjian have gone one step further and offered the player to Manchester United, in the hopes of receiving a higher fee for the midfielder’s services.
It is highly unlikely that Jose Mourinho will even consider signing Witsel, however, given the fact that the Red Devils are fully loaded in the midfield department, and their focus lies on recruiting a centre-back and a right winger this summer.
Meanwhile, there is a strong chance of Borussia Dortmund taking their potential signing’s release clause issues to FIFA, and if it turns out that Tianjin have been avoiding the terms of their contract with Witsel, the CSL club could end up in trouble.
Just how will this bizarre transfer saga pan out?