Chelsea the clear favourites to make Belgium star Conte’s next signing

Chelsea have been made the odds-on favourites to sign Axel Witsel this summer by bookmakers BetStars

Chelsea have been installed as the odds-on favourites to sign Axel Witsel in the summer transfer window by bookmakers BetStars.

The west London club are now priced at odds of 4/9 to sign Belgium midfielder Witsel, ahead of Premier League rivals Everton at 3/1.

The Blues have been linked with a host of players in recent weeks as Antonio Conte prepares for his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

However, despite all of the speculation, the west London side have thus far only signed striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille on a five-year contract.

Conte is widely believed to be on the lookout for a number of recruits as he prepares to officially take over at Stamford Bridge next week following the end of his involvement in Euro 2016 as Italy boss.

The Sun reported earlier this week that Chelsea were interested in signing 27-year-old Witsel this summer.

And Ian Marmion, director of trading at BetStars, said in a news release sent to The Sport Review: “All the talk linked Axel Witsel with an imminent move to Everton but the market seems to be telling a very different story.

“The big market movers overnight have been Chelsea, who are now clear odds on favourites at 4/9 to sign the Belgian midfielder, ahead of Everton at 3/1.

“The lure of playing at Stamford Bridge under the tutelage of Antonio Conte looks like an offer too good to refuse for Witsel so expect to see him in a Chelsea shirt next season.”

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