Chelsea current second longest serving player John Obi Mikel won’t be leaving Chelsea on loan this January, Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively reveal.
The Nigerian has been frozen out of the first team set up at Chelsea by coach Antonio Conte, but even though he will most definitely leave the team in January, a loan move won’t be the case.
Per FIFA regulations a player in the final six months of his deal can’t leave on loan to another team, and Mikel is in the final six months of his contact at Chelsea after 11 years at the club.
Mikel can only leave on a permanent transfer which best explains the reason why the Super Eagles captain is weighing up offers properly before committing to any of the clubs intrested in his services.
Inter-Milan, Marseille and three teams in China namely Shanghai SIPG, Hebei Fortune and Shanghai Shenhua have all enquire about his availability this winter, when the transfer window opens.
It is, however, believed that Mikel wants to remain in Europe, due to family reasons instead of a move to China where he will definitely earn more.
John Obi Mikel’s agent John Shittu has confirmed that his client is attracting interest from Inter Milan and a number of teams based in England, Germany, Spain and China ahead of the opening of the transfer window.
It has been widely reported that Marseille are studying the possibility of signing the Nigerian captain but his English-based intermediary did not mention France as one of his possible destinations next month.
“It’s very likely he will leave Chelsea in January. There are many teams interested in the player, ” Shittu told The Sun UK.
“In the past we spoke with Inter Milan but now there are a lot of Italian clubs that want him. I will not reveal the names, but there are other Italians teams on his trail.
“And beware: even in UK, Spain, Germany and even in China know the value of the player and requested information about him.”