Axel Witsel is the latest Portuguese based player to be linked with a move to the Premier League and specifically Manchester United. He'd been rumoured to be interesting Real Madrid but now other clubs have been brought into the equation.
The Daily Express yesterday quoted De Telegraaf in Holland as saying that Sir Alex Ferguson had been a long time admirer of the player, we checked with De Telegraaf for that and it couldn't be found, they'd actually been linking him with Manchester City, not United.
It seems that Witsel is for sale and clubs are being linked on the basis that they may have an interest in him rather than anything more concrete than that. It's happened a lot this summer with Portugal based players, Premier League clubs have been linked to Hulk, Rodriguez, Gaitan, Defour, Aimar, Oliveira, Pereira, Mountinho and more.
It's a whirlwind, a new name is mentioned and the press go mad for it for 72 hours before moving on to the next alleged target. But with Witsel it seems that he genuinely wants to leave, so much so that Record in Portugal have been looking at replacements and reckon Manchester United's Anderson could be a target.
Once this gets picked up in England it will inevitably lead to a swap deal being reported somewhere but those kind of situations rarely actually come off. However, if Benfica were to take Anderson away from Old Trafford it would surely mean that Sir Alex Ferguson would look to strengthen in that area.
The deal would allow the Brazilian to return to a league where he impressed and mean that Manchester United could get off the merry-go-round of giving him continual last chance seasons and add another player to the squad who may be able to contribute to their midfield over a season.
From a common sense perspective this could be one story from Portugal which actually has a bit of reality in it, and would seem to work for all parties involved.