By Tom Blackburn
Axel Witsel is continuing to consider a move to the Premier League but has snubbed an approach from Liverpool, according to a report.
Football Insider reported last Friday that Everton were set to beat Chelsea to the midfielder on a £100,000-a-week deal.
Sky Italy claim Witsel is now ready to turn down a move to Anfield, with Everton and Napoli in prime position to secure his services.
The 27-year-old was with the Belgium squad until last week, when they were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Wales.
Witsel has said he wants to leave Zenit this summer after joining the Russian club for £30million from Benfica in 2012.
“I want to try a new experience in a different league, a new challenge,” he told Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I hope to step up a level and play in a big European club.
“My future could be in Italy or in England. It doesn’t matter if I go to Serie A or the Premier League, as long as it’s a big club.”
The Belgian central midfielder starred for the Russian outfit in the recently completed season as he made 41 appearances across all competitions and played a key role during Zenit’s European campaign where they made the round of 16.
Witsel has been an integral part of Belgium’s own “golden generation” since making his debut in 2008 and has featured in 72 encounters for his country.
The Anfield club are not the only club Witsel will reject, with Juventus, Roma and Milan all set to see offers snubbed by the former Benfica midfielder.
In other Everton news, they are lining up a move for a Brazil international.