Nigeria star’s days at the Bridge now appear numbered.
Turkish outfit Trabzonspor have now joined the race to sign Chelsea midfield player John Obi Mikel this summer, according to reports in the Sun.
The experienced Nigeria international has been at Stamford Bridge for the past seven seasons now, having originally been brought to west London from Norwegian side Lyn Oslo by Blues head coach Jose Mourinho in a controversial big-money deal in the summer of 2006.
However, now that the self-styled ‘Special One’ has returned for a second spell in charge of Chelsea, the holding midfield player’s future at the club has been put in doubt, with it thought that the Portuguese is willing to listen to offers for the 26-year-old, who still has four years left to run on his current contract in the capital.
Initially it had been thought that Mikel would be moving to Turkish giants Galatasaray next season, however, it has now emerged that the Turkish champions’ bitter rivals Trabzonspor have also joined the race to sign the defensive midfield player, who has played in 277 matches in all competitions for the Blues to date, scoring two goals in the process.
But whether the player himself would be willing to move to Trabzonspor still very much remains to be seen.