John Obi Mikel has been linked to a Chelsea exit for the better part of his career at the Bridge. Still, the man has survived so many managerial changes and won every possible trophy with us. Despite all the criticism surrounding the Nigerian, he must be doing something right, I guess!
With Ruben Loftus-Cheek being promoted to the first team and players like Fabregas, Matic and Ramires already ahead in the pecking order, it was obvious that John Obi Mikel would be linked to other clubs at some point of time. Salah and Cuadrado have been ruling our transfer window ’till now and perhaps that’s why we haven’t been hearing a lot on the Nigerian.
Although, according to a news published in turkish-football:
“Chelsea wants €35 million for John Obi Mikel according to Fenerbahçe president Aziz Yildirim. The Yellow Canaries had been closely linked with the Nigerian international but will not be pursuing the midfielder further.”
Well, if the reports are true, I don’t see Mikel leaving the Stamford Bridge any time soon because there’s just no way a club would pay close to that money for the midfielder, not even Perez!
I would assume that if Chelsea are indeed serious to let the 28-year-old go this summer, Mourinho and co. must have identified a potential target who would replace/upgrade the position vacated by the Nigerian. Quality Defensive Midfielder is a rare breed and until now, we haven’t been seriously linked to any of them. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is too young/inexperienced to fill the Mikel void and it would be interesting to see whom we go after if Mikel is indeed sold!
By the way, what do you guys think? Should Mikel be sold this summer?
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