Man United Linked With Highly Unlikely Move for Chelsea Midfielder

Old Trafford boss has a long memory and will surely not have forgiven the Stamford Bridge midfielder.

Real Madrid and Manchester United are being linked with Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

The Nigeria international has concerns over his future in Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and is seeking clear the air talks, says the News of the World.

His plight, according to Spanish sources, has alerted the interest of United and Real.

Obi Mikel actually signed for United, before he was allowed to move to Chelsea after leaving Lyn.

Real Madrid coach Mourinho worked with Obi Mikel at Chelsea and would welcome the chance for a reunion.

SOURCE: Tribalfootball

Sir Alex Ferguson may crave a defensive midfielder to offer more steel to Manchester United’s side he is surely not likely to have any interest in Nigerian international John Obi Mikel. The Scot will not have forgotten the manner in which the Chelsea star treated the Old Trafford club when he first arrived in the UK.

Back in 2005 the former Lyn Oslo youngster had agreed a deal to move to to Man United and the club’s own website had stated that a four year deal had been agreed. He had even taken part in a press conference announcing his arrival and even had a squad number, ’21’. However the player then claimed he has been ‘pressurised’ into signing the deal, a claim that both United and his Norwegian club had denied.

In the end Chelsea had agreed to settle with both clubs and paid them accordingly and it was an embarrassing episode that Ferguson won’t have forgotten so the idea they would now be interested in Mikel now that he appears to have fallen out with Carlo Ancelotti.

A move to Real Madrid could be a possibility and former Chelsea director of football Frank Arnesen is said to be keen on bringing the 23 year old to Hamburg. Man United have been linked with a number of potential defensive midfield additions and it seems likely that Owen Hargreaves will not be offered a new deal when his current contract runs out this summer.

The likes of Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Darron Gibson, Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes all offer Ferguson a great deal but none offer an outright combative ability to break down opposition attacks.

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