Juventus Furious With Zenit Over Cancelled Transfer
Juventus are said to be seething over the cancellation of Axel Witsel’s transfer to the club.
According to reports, Zenit St. Petersburg pulled out of the transfer at the last minute due to a failure to find a proper replacement for the 27-year-old.
Witsel reportedly waited at Juventus’ headquarters in Turin, and even completed a medical and signed the necessary contracts ahead of the move.
Yet, despite this, the move broke down at the last second, and this left Juventus absolutely fuming.
Witsel has only one year left on his contract with Zenit, which means he is likely to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the club have not yet given up in their pursuit of the Belgian International, and will return with another bid in the January transfer window.
The move was said to be worth €18 million, plus €2 million in add-ons.
Witsel has been tracked by many clubs, but Juventus were the first to make a move for the midfielder. However, other clubs competing with the Bianconeri for his signature might hope the bad blood between the two clubs gives them the upper hand in the race for his signature.
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