Borussia Dortmund will be announcing the signing of Axel Witsel after reportedly triggering his €20m release clause at Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, reports Kicker. The Belgian midfielder will be signing a four-year contract with the club after he agreed a deal to leave China after 18 months.
Witsel, who starred for Belgium at the 2018 World Cup, was signed by Tianjin in January 2017 from Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg, making Witsel one of the best paid footballers in the world. The midfielder reportedly earned around €18m-per-season at the Chinese club.
By signing Witsel, Dortmund are expected to end their transfer work for this summer. The club has made five summer signings so far, with Witsel becoming their sixth. The 29-year-old midfielder will be joining fellow summer signings Abdou Diallo, Thomas Delaney, Marius Wolf, Marwin Hitz and Achraf Hakimi at the club.
UPDATE 14:40: Dortmund confirm Witsel signing
Borussia Dortmund have officially announced Axel Witsel. The Belgian midfielder has signed a four-year deal with the German club. Dortmund are reportedly paying Tianjin Quanjian a fee around €20m, which is about the same fee the Chinese club paid Zenit St. Petersburg 18 months ago.
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