Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is unlikely to be at the club for much longer.
The Nigerian international has not played a single minute of first team action under new manager Antonio Conte this season, and is very much surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
The player’s agent admitted earlier this week that Mikel is ‘very likely’ to leave Chelsea in January, and to that end ESPN have produced a list of three clubs chasing his signature in the January transfer window.
The 29-year-old will have a number of clubs (in several countries) to choose from, with Valencia, Marseille and Inter all taking an interest in him.
Former Blues teammate Oscar recently sealed a £60m move to Chinese Super League Shanghai SIPG, and although Mikel has had similar offers from the affluent league, the report alleges that a source has told them that the player’s decision will be motivated by football, not money.
Mikel was linked with moves away from the club in the summer, but vowed to stay and fight for his place under Conte. However, he has not been considered for selection by the manager, and a recent injury has pushed him even further away from the boss’s plans.
How serious Inter’s interest will be should they secure a deal for Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva is unclear, but the fact that Mikel has options means that he is almost certain to be leaving Stamford Bridge in January.
The source went on to state that he will get through the Christmas season before coming to a decision in the next few weeks.