As reported by Foot Mercato, Marseille have offered a contract to Belgian international midfielder Axel Witsel who is a priority target for OM president Pablo Longoria this summer as he looks to strengthen the club’s midfield with experienced players ahead of their return to the Champions League next season.
Marseille’s offer includes a two-year deal for the 33-year-old, who is about to leave Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer at the end of his current contract, with an option for a third season. The player’s salary would be €4m per year while both Witsel and his wife are keen on the move to France. Reportedly, Marseille have spent the last two weeks convincing the former Zenit player to join them but they face competition from the USA, Germany, and Turkey with Atlético Madrid especially keen to sign the player.
A stalwart of the Belgian national team, Witsel has tallied 122 Belgian caps, scoring 12 goals, in a 14-year international career, and played 145 times for Dortmund after returning to Europe from Chinese football in 2018.