Everton are pretty much sure to lose Romelu Lukaku this summer and had lined up Axel Witsel as the replacement to strengthen the squad even though it is not an exact replacement. However looks like they may lose Witsel even before they could acquire him.
According to reports from The Sun, Chelsea are leading the race to sign Witsel from Zenit St. Petersburg this summer. Antonio Conte has reportedly beaten all other competitions from Everton, Inter Milan, Juventus and Napoli and Chelsea has already agreed personal terms with the player.
Valued at £50 million by the Russian club, the midfielder has only one year left on his contract and at the age of 29 Chelsea are confident to get him for £28 million.
The report claims that the player is keen to move to Stamford Bridge and will choose Chelsea over Everton if given an option. He also played very well for Belgium before they were knocked out by Wales in Euro 2016.
The midfielder is on £80,000-a-week pay scale at Zenit and he can expect a huge pay rise if he manages to land at the Stamford Bridge.