Real Madrid, Man Utd on red alert as Benfica prepare Axel Witsel sale

Benfica are preparing to sell midfielder Axel Witsel this summer.
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Benfica are preparing to sell midfielder Axel Witsel this summer.

The exciting Belgian talent has attracted serious interest from Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United, where Rio Ferdinand is a big fan.

"For me, Witsel will be a top player within a few years," tweeted Ferdinand last season.

De Telegraaf says Benfica have approached FC Twente for Leroy Fer as a direct replacement for Witsel.

The midfielder can leave Benfica for around £20 million.

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