Eighteen-time Italian champions Internazionale are
ready to stump £10m (about N2.7 billion) for
Nigeria international midfielder, John Obi Mikel.
The British media reported last week that
Internazionale president, Erick Thohir flew to
London to watch Chelsea’s Uefa Champions League
quarterfinal match against PSG at Stamford Bridge
to monitor Mikel and a host of other Blues players.
It has also been reported that another Chelsea
player Thohir is considering making a swoop for is
Other Premier League stars like Manchester City
striker Edin Dzeko and Arsenal defender Bacary
Sagna are also said to be on the Inter wish list.
So far , Inter have signaled their intent by securing
the services of the Nemanja Vidic from Manchester
United who will be playing his football at the
Giuseppe Meazza from next season.
Mikel, who has been consistently linked with a
move to the Italian outfit, has lost his place in the
Chelsea first team following the arrival, in January,
of Serbian midfielder, Nemanja Matic from Benfica.
Authoritative British newspaper, the London
Evening Standard insists that Inter Milan are ready
to mount a £10m summer move for Mikel.
Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has since
revealed that he is looking to overhaul his squad
during the coming transfer window and Mikel is
believed to be among a host of top stars heading
towards the exit door at Stamford Bridge.
“We want to improve the team and the players and
make some surgical movements in the transfer
“Normally at the end of the season, players that
are not playing a lot or who are not happy and
prefer a change, that is also part of the market,”
Mourinho said in March.
The newspaper further reports that the holding
midfielder may well be tempted by a change of
scenery and the chance to get his career back on
track in Milan.
Mikel has been at Chelsea for eight years after
arriving in controversial circumstances.
It was thought that the now 26-year-old was set to
join Manchester United originally, but Mourinho’s
side pounced to steal him away from Lyn Oslo in
Norway after a compensation deal was settled
between the three clubs.
Mikel has scored once in 22 league appearances for
Chelsea this season.