Shanghai SIPG is rated third in terms of wealth and revenue in the Chinese league and the club is currently managed by former Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas. It also has Sven Goran Erikson former England coach in the management team.
Reports say the offer was made to the midfielder’s agent, following Nigeria’s 3-1 win over Algeria in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo, where he scored the second goal.
29-year-old Mikel joined Chelsea in 2006 from Norwegian club Lyn and is the second-longest serving player at Chelsea. The Nigeria international currently earns £80,000-a-week at Chelsea and his current contract runs out at the end of this season.
Since the new Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte took over reins, Mikel, despite being in a rich physical form has not been given a chance to feature in any competition and is not expected to be handed an extension.
Mikel has a glittering CV from his 11-year stint in West London, winning every major honour including two Premier League crowns and the Champions League.
He has made over 370 appearances for the club but now it looks like his Blues career may soon be coming to an end as he recently claimed his Italian boss, Conte has kept him in the dark over his future.
Mikel has been linked to a move in January to French club Marseille. He is now faced with the choice of taking the huge pay or settle for the former UEFA Champions League champions, where he faces a pay cut.
Reports also indicate that a number of Chinese Super League outfits are prepared to match Mikel’s whopping £3 million annual salary earned at Chelsea.
Last season, Mikel Obi turned down a move to Shanghai Shenhua, which currently has former Super Eagles striker, Obafemi Martins in its squad.