John Obi Mikel’s escape route from Chelsea may have been temporarily blocked as his suitors, Olympique Marseilles are reluctant are to match his £3.4m-a-year salary in Chelsea.
Reports in France indicate that Marseilles manager Rudi Garcia was desperate to sign the 29-year-old Super Eagles midfielder in January to boost his midfield options but the “the salary of Mikel Obi would be problematic.
Chelsea are set to offload Mikel, has won two Premier League titles, the Champions League and four FA Cups with the club, as he is deemed surplus to requirements by Conte. And last week Mikel said he was ready to quit the club during the January transfer window for first-team football elsewhere.
Meanwhile, an unnamed Chinese club have reportedly offered Mikel Obi a mammoth 1.3billion naira to pitch his tent with them.