Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi is reportedly making plans to move to French club, Olympique Marseille in January with the promise of a significantly mouth-watering salary.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who bought Marseille in October, had promised to invest heavily in the January transfer window to help manager Rudi Garcia build a team that could be European champions.
With McCourt ready to spend in January – and Mikel yet to play a single game for Chelsea since the beginning of the season – reports in France on Sunday claimed Marseille were ready to sign the 29-year-old as Garcia believes Mikel will bring a wealth of experience playing at the top level to help the side.
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Nigeria’s head coach Gernot Rohr, speaking to Europe 1, claims the Chelsea midfielder is in talks with French club, Marseille about a potential transfer.
“I saw Obi Mikel in London, He is in advanced discussions with Olympique Marseille. He will leave Chelsea for free. This is a serious option,” Rohr said.
Chinese moneybags, Shanghai SIPG reportedly offered Mikel £170,000 per week to move to Asia but he will most likely move to Stade Velodrome next month as he will be a key player at the project at Marseille.
The Nigerian midfielder joined Chelsea in 2006, making over 350 appearances for the club, but he has not featured at all under new manager Antonio Conte this season.
After playing for his country at the Olympics during the summer, the Nigerian midfielder has been frozen out by Antonio Conte.
Les Phoceens were ready to rescue him from his Chelsea nightmare in the summer but the player’s £3.4 million-a-year salary reportedly aborted the move.
Mikel, who represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League since he joined Chelsea from Norwegian club Lyn Oslo in 2006.