Chelsea boss Scolari wants Standard Liege whiz Witsel

Chelsea are making the first move for Standard Liege whizkid Axel Witsel.

Chelsea are making the first move for Standard Liege whizkid Axel Witsel.

The Mirror says Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari sent his top scout to check on the 19-year-old Standard Liege midfielder in last week's 1-0 UEFA Cup victory over Sevilla.

Scolari plans to move in January to try and lure Witsel to Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian international has already been watched on a regular basis by Arsenal boss Wenger's spies, and United were also present at the Sevilla match, along with at least another 25 scouts from England, Germany and Italy.

A source close to Liege said last night: "If Chelsea, or anyone else want to sign Witsel, they will have to pay what Everton paid for Fellaini. Liege do not need the money. The valuation would be at least £15m."

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