Chinese giants Shanghai SPG have reportedly placed an offer for Chelsea forward John Obi Mikel.
The Nigerian forward has been a key member of Chelsea’s success in recent years since his arrival from Norweigan club Lyn in 2006.
Mikel also has been praised for his improved performances under caretaker manager Guus Hiddink, which has seen the struggling Blues enjoy seven games unbeaten run in all competitions. But he hasn’t been able to score a single goal from his 15 appearances in all competitions. The Dutch manager using the Nigerian in the deep-lying role, in a Chelsea team of diminutive, creative talents, he is providing some balance. However, what Mikel doesn’t have, obviously, is good distribution.
And now according to the Daily Mail, the Chinese Super League side are well interested to bring in Mikel as Shanghai’s manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, is believed to be a keen admirer of the Nigerian forward.
The report also claims Shanghai are ready to place a bid of £6million plus wages of £60,000-a-week excluding tax.
Despite lacking a suitable cover in the attacking line, the Blues could consider a deal to let go Mikel to free up funds amid rumours suggesting Brazilian attacker Pato will soon join them.
Meanwhile, several reports have suggested that Chelsea are actually fearing a summer exodus following their dismal season.
The Blues are now quite concerned over the temptation of their star players to move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, with Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Oscar all reportedly planning a shock exit.
Chelsea have also revealed yesterday Papy Djilobodji has signed for Werder Bremen on loan until the end of this season.The defender has however failed to prove his credentials in his debut season and has been sent away to the German side after being seen as a surplus to requirements under Guus Hiddink.