Borussia Dortmund have agreed to sign Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel from Tianjin Quanjian, according to reports in Germany.
Axel Witsel enjoyed an impressive World Cup campaign for Belgium and is now set to leave Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian for the Bundesliga side, Dortmund in a deal worth around €20m
Reports earlier revealed that the difference in transfer windows between Europe and China would mean no agreement could be reached, with Tianjin Quanjian coach Paulo Sousa stating: “To my knowledge, the player has an opt-out clause in his contract.
“But this can only be activated during our transfer window. Since the transfer window in China has already closed, this change will not happen.”
However, according to Bild, the clause was not tied to a specific date, and Witsel will arrive in Switzerland to join up with his new side on Monday after agreeing a four-year deal with Dortmund worth around €10m (€48,000-a-week).
If officially confirmed, Witsel will become BVB’s seventh signing of the summer transfer window, following the arrivals of Thomas Delaney, Marwin Hitz, Abdou Diallo, Eric Oelschlagel, Marius Wolf as well as loanee Achraf Hakimi.