Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refused to sanction the sale of
midfielder John Mikel Obi, delivering a blow to United Arab Emirates
suitors Al Ain and Al Wahda. The Nigeria international, who started only
six league games last season, wants to leave Stamford Bridge after
failing to hold down a regular starting place.
The 28-year-old, who has two years left on his contract, has been told he
remains part of manager Mourinho’s future plans. “There’s absolutely no
truth to reports linking Mikel with a move to Turkey or any Chinese club
for that matter,” a source close to the talks said. “Only two clubs from
the UAE showed strong interest last month but they could not meet his
“Mikel has a contract with Chelsea until 2017, as things stand he will not
be leaving the club this transfer window as speculated.
”Mikel who moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2006 has increasingly
become a fringe member of the squad due to the form of Nemanja Matic.
With the emergence of highly-rated midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the
Super Eagle has fallen down the pecking order at the club ahead of the
2015/16 season. Fenerbahce are reportedly interested in signing Mikel
but Chelsea will only listen to a US $16.8 million offer.
The Turkish club’s president Aziz Yildirim has told the local media they
cannot meet Chelsea’s valuation. “Chelsea want 15 million euros and
Mikel asked for €5 million a season over four years. We are talking 35
million euros,” Yildirim told reporters at their Topuk Yayla training