The Nigeria skipper found himself out of favour at Stamford Bridge after representing the Dream Team at the 2016 Olympic Games, and his representatives are looking to find him a club in the January transfer window. Mikel Obi Valencia had offered Mikel three million euros wages per season, which was deemed insufficient by the holding midfielder.
A move to Asia looks the most feasible option as he has demanded ten million euros wages per season from interested clubs.
The 29-year-old Mikel is in the final six months of his contract with the Blues.
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John Obi Mikel Staying In January And Has Role To Play But Will Leave Next Summer
Antonio Conte reveals he has no plans to let Nigerian go this winter but concedes his contract is likely to expire next year.
ANTONIO CONTE admits John Obi Mikel is set to leave on a free next summer but insists the midfielder could yet play his part for Chelsea this season.
Mikel is yet to make a single appearance under the new Blues boss despite being cementing his place in the starting XI under interim Guus Hiddink.
There doesn’t appear to be a role suitable for Mikel in Conte’s exciting 3-4-3 formation, and academy product Nathaniel Chalobah has leapfrogged the Nigerian in the race for a backup spot.
Mikel’s position is weakened further by his dwindling contract, which expires almost six months from now.
The anchorman’s agent claims there are plenty of offers on the table, and SunSport understands that Manchester United are lining up a shock cut-price bid ahead of the January transfer window.
But Conte is adamant that Mikel will not be leaving this winter, revealing that the 29-year-old remains in contention to play every single match despite heading for the unattached market next year.
Speaking ahead of the Premier League clash against West Brom on Sunday, Conte said: “The situation with Obi Mikel is simple: he’s in the squad. He stays with us.