John Obi Mikel targeted by Besiktas after Liverpool's Lucas decision

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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has become a late target for Turkish outfit Besiktas, with the Super Lig club now seemingly resigned to the fact that they won’t be singing Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva.

Reports over the course of the summer have detailed how Lucas was Besiktas’ number one target, with chiefs at the club even confirming that talks were in place over a potential season-long loan deal.

Lucas interest dropped

However, since Monday night, where Lucas played and impressed during Liverpool’s goalless draw with Arsenal, that transfer appears to have fallen through, leading Besiktas to once again consider their options.


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As a result, according to the Daily Mail, they’ve now trained their sights on Chelsea’s Mikel, with Jose Mourinho ready to chance his arm with regards to convincing Paul Pogba to move to Stamford Bridge before September 1.

Mikel moving on?

If he’s successful - admittedly it’s a big if - then Mikel will be forced further down the pecking order at a club where he’s one of the most experienced players.

Already behind the likes of Francesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic, the Nigeria international is a niche player only called upon when Mourinho wants to close out tough games - unfortunately for him that means his game-time is limited.

A direct consequence is that an exit from west London is certainly feasible, and if Mourinho can land Pogba there will be few complaints from the Chelsea faithful.

Pogba or Mikel?

After all, Mikel is now 28 and limited when it comes to what he offers the first-team. Pogba on the other hand is a world-class option gifted both going forward and defending. The Blues might record a major financial loss, but it could ultimately hand them more silverware moving forward.

Chelsea fans, do you think Mourinho should dispense of Mikel’s services this summer if he is to land Pogba? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.

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