According to reports making waves in UK media on Tuesday, Manchester United manager wants to offer the out-of-favour Chelsea’s midfielder a Premier League lifeline at Old Trafford.
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The Nigeria international’s future at Stamford Bridge looks bleak, having so far failed to feature under Antonio Conte and yet to open talks over a new contract.
Super Eagles’s coach Rohr had explained that Mikel failure to play competitively for Chelsea so far this season is because the club’s manager, Antonio Conte, was punishing him (Mikel) for representing Nigeria at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The player had, however, disputed the claims, saying he got Conte’s approval to participate in the Olympics.
John Mikel Obi, the Blues’ second-longest serving player behind skipper John Terry, is out of contract next summer after more than a decade in West London and is, therefore, free to choose his next club at will.
Mourinho, who managed the 29-year-old across two separate spells as Chelsea boss, could cash in by making a cut-price bid for the experienced star in the January transfer window.
Reports claim that Manchester United manager, sees Mikel as the right type of player to sit deep and get the best out of the world-record purchase, Paul Pogba, potentially setting up a reunion at the Theatre of Dreams if terms can be agreed.
Mikel has also been linked with Chinese club, Shanghai SIPG. The club was said to have offered the Super Eagles captain, a whopping $212,000-a-week deal (about N66 million), following Nigeria’s 3-1 win over Algeria in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo, where he scored the second goal.
Obi, who controversially joined Chelsea in 2006 despite a £4 million agreement being reached with United, revealed last week that he will wait until the New Year before evaluating his next career move.