Chelsea star Mikel targeted for summer Inter Milan swoop

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Chelsea could be set to lose John Obi Mikel, with interest in the midfielder mounting in Serie A.

According to Italian sources cited by talkSPORT, Inter Milan are plotting a summer move for the Nigerian international but are hoping to be able to successful re-negotiate his £12.5 million price tag.

It is also speculated by the same sources that Inter are looking to strengthen their midfield this summer and believe Mikel could attainable.

26-year-old Mikel joined Chelsea in 2006 in a rather controversial transfer from Norwegian outfit Lyn Oslo that also involved Manchester United.

Although clearly not appreciated by all at Stamford Bridge, he has featured regularly for the club over his subsequent eight-year stint in West London - making over 200 appearances for Chelsea and winning one Premier League title along with the Champions League and four FA Cups.

However, despite this, Mikel - who has also earned 51 senior international caps in his successful career to date - has struggled to earn a permanent starting berth at the club since Jose Mourinho returned for his second managerial stint at Chelsea last summer.

With Frank Lampard proving that he is worthy of a new contract, Ramires - Saturday's horror tackle v Aston Villa aside - performing admirably and January signing Nemanja Matic proving why the club were wrong to dispense of his services in the first place, Chelsea appear to have little need for Mikel at present.

That could all change of course if Mourinho's side - who currently sit top of the Premier League despite tasting defeat at Villa Park last weekend - suffer a spate of injuries during the final stretch of the title race.

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