Chelsea ready to sell Mikel

Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi

Chelsea may be willing to sell Mikel for as low as £5 million.


The eight-year romance between Nigerian midfielder, Mikel Obi, and Chelsea may soon be winding off as reports are rife that the Blues are willing to sell-off the 27-year old Nigerian player to provide space for their new signings.

While Mikel was formerly valued at about £8 million, English tabloid, Daily Mail, reports that Chelsea is willing to lower the price tag of the Super Eagles star to as low as £5 million in order to attract buyers.

Mikel’s poor performance at the 2014 World Cup is said to have further convinced Coach Jose Mourinho of the need to get the £80,000 a week player off the payroll to fund new signings.

Mikel started just 11 Premier League games for Chelsea last season as he struggled for game time alongside the likes of Nemanja Matic, Willian and Ramires.

With Cesc Fabregas joining the club in a £30 million deal from Barcelona, Mikel’s chances for regular football will obviously grow slimmer.

Already there are talks of interests largely from Italy as the likes of Inter Milan are said to be willing to have Mikel in their rejuvenated side.

Pockets of clubs in Turkey and Spain are also reportedly interested in the 27-year-old Nigerian international, who is currently on holidays after the World Cup.

Though now weaning in influence with Chelsea, Mikel enjoyed a good run at Stamford Bridge which has seen him win the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, FA Community Shield, UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.


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  • brayeglover

    What a tragedy. For someone as young as him, its very tragic. The WC was an opportunity for him to proof his worth, but he faile to do so. I wonder if Wenger will be willing to buy him.
    It’s not easy leaving a big club to another club. Morinho made him a defensive player and has decided to sell him for more attacking players

    • The Sage

      Shut up!! Players are bought and sold all the time, so, there’s nothing new here. Mikel has been a part of Chelsea for 8 good years, and Chelsea selling him now is no big deal. Some players don’t last a year in a club before they’re sold. By the way, Mikel was not the only person that went to the world cup and did not do well. So many big names performed poorly at the last world cup, so, you guys should stop picking on him. It takes so many trees to make a forest, what happened to the rest of super eagles? Mikel alone could not have delivered the world cup to Nigeria. The sooner you guys realized that, the better for you.

      • brayeglover

        What do you know about football ? You are not open enough for a honest discussion. For a player like Mikel is £5m a good price for him ? You speak as if you like him, but you don’t. People like you are praise singers instead of speaking the truth, you mislead others.

        Mikel is 27 years of age. He is supposed to be at his prime. He should be going up instead of coming down. He was nominated for the African footballer of the year. We, Nigerians wanted him to win, but he did not. I was disappointed.

        May be you don’t know, in this WC, Mikel was our biggest star. So why don’t you think people should not expect much from him? If someone says he’s not disappointed in Mikel, that person doesn’t wish him well. Think about it.