Transfer talk

Milan confirm move for Witsel

June 5, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

AC Milan look set to sign Axel Witsel from Standard Liege with the two clubs locked in negotiations.

Axel Witsel
GettyImagesAxel Witsel is an established Belgium international

Milan chief Adriano Galliani has confirmed that the Serie A champions have opened talks. A deal for the Belgium international could be completed this week.

"In the last days there has been a contact with Standard Liege's officials for Axel Witsel," Galliani told Sky Italia.

Witsel had already stated he would leave the club this season, and a move to Serie A is now within touching distance.

"I need to make a move abroad in order to improve," he told Sporza. "You can see in training with [Vincent] Kompany and [Daniel] van Buyten. They are sharper in the duels and they always behave like a professional.

"My future? I am happy that I can go on holiday. Do I know something about Milan? No and even if that was the case, I would not say so."

Standard Liege vice-president Luciano D'Onofrio confirmed: "I spoke with the Milan hierarchy. We had a chat for a few hours yesterday."