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

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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