JOHN OBI MIKEL has been offered a mega deal to quit Stamford Bridge for China.
Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG tabled a deal worth £170,000-a-week during a round of talks with the Chelsea midfielder’s representatives earlier this month.
Mikel, who is yet to feature under Antonio Conte this season, asked for some time to consider the proposal.
The Nigeria international currently earns £80,000-a-week at Chelsea but his contract expires at the end of the season.
Shanghai SIPG attempted to sign Mikel last season but the 29-year-old opted to stay put.
Mikel is the second-longest serving player at Chelsea, having arrived from Norwegian club Lyn in 2006.
The summer arrival of N’Golo Kante and his decision to represent Nigeria at the Olympic Games in pre-season have seen him fall out of favour under Conte.
Mikel recently claimed the Italian boss has kept him in the dark over his future.
“He has said nothing,” Mikel said. “I only train and just keep being a professional.
“This is all I can do. It’s frustrating but this is football.”
Reports in France last week suggested Marseille are also interested in Mikel.