Chelsea star John Obi Mikel may be on his way out of London after reports emerged that Turkish club Galatasaray have launched a £10 million bid to land the Nigerian international.
Speculation has been rife all summer that he would leave the Blues, with Fenerbache, Galatasaray, both interested in obtaining the £10 million-rated midfielder. There are also rumours that former Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez is contemplating lining up a bid in the coming days to bring Obi to Napoli.
Whether the destination is Turkey or Italy, the likelihood of Mikel leaving SW6 is gaining steam everyday. With the transfer window set to close in 10 days, discussions between the Chelsea hierarchy and other clubs could intensify at any moment.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is likely to be willing to let the 2007 Chelsea Young Player of the Year leave, with Frank Lampard, Ramires, Marko Van Ginkel, Michael Essien, and David Luiz all capable of playing the defensive midfield position.
Adding to speculation, Mikel has yet to appear in either of Chelsea’s Premier League matches. A potential move may be beneficial for both parties, as Mikel looks to improve ahead of the 2014 World Cup. If Mikel were to go to the Turkish giants, he would be reunited with Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, who is currently plying his trade for the Istanbul-based club.
Mikel has been with Chelsea since 2006, when he controversially spurned Manchester United in favour of the Blues. Chelsea would eventually pay out £12 million to the Red Devils, and £4 million to Norwegian club Lyn Oslo.
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