John Obi Mikel wanted by Sven Goran Eriksson at Shanghai SIPG

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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is said to be attracting interest from Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, managed by former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson.

According to the Daily Mail, a £6 million transfer fee is on the table, with £60k-per-week wages after tax. The 28-year-old has been at Chelsea for almost ten years after a controversial transfer from Norwegian side Lyn Oslo. Mikel has went on to make 352 appearances, scoring five goals.

In his time at Stamford Bridge, the Nigerian international has won two Premier League trophies, four FA Cups, two League Cups, a Europa League and a Champions League. Furthermore, he was a key player in Nigeria's successful 2013 African Cup of Nations side.

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For a while, Mikel's name was tainted with the messy transfer saga that brought him to west London. In April 2005, Manchester United claimed to have signed the then 18-year-old for £4 million and did so without the use of agents. Chelsea disagreed, revealing a prior agreement with Mikel's agents.

The Red Devils went on to unveil Mikel at a press conference, holding a number 21 shirt. Still at Lyn, he went missing and was accused of being "kidnapped" by Chelsea officials in London. Mikel then told Sky Sports News that he was pressured into signing for United and actually wanted to join Chelsea.

FIFA got involved, saying they'd decide whether his Old Trafford contract should be upheld or cancelled. In the meantime, Chelsea volunteered to end the saga by paying Lyn £4 million and Man United £12 million - an eye-watering total.

A move to China should be a somewhat smoother process but he's gone on to become a solid player at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea fans - will you be sad to see Mikel go? Let us know in the comments section below.

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