Chelsea Target Marseille’s Gianelli Imbula As Mikel Replacement

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Chelsea have reportedly targeted Marseille midfielder Gianelli Imbula as a replacement for John Obi Mikel this summer as Jose Mourinho looks to overhaul his playing staff, according to the Metro.

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Imbula was a target for the Blues last summer, but he joined up with Marseille instead after the West London side failed to agree a fee with Guingamp.

The 21-year-old has continued to impress in French football again this season, and is now being widely tipped to make an exit from the South of France as Chelsea plot a fresh move for him when the transfer window re-opens this summer.

And according to reports in France Imbula has been earmarked as a long term replacement for John Obi Mikel, who has been told that he can leave the club for a modest fee this summer.

Marseille are believed to be holding out for a fee in the region of £15m as they are looking to raise the cash to bring a new striker on board, so are willing to do business.

Mourinho is already working hard on brining new targets in next season with a striker, midfielder and versatile defender topping his wish list.

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