Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has
refused to sanction the sale of midfielder
John Mikel Obi, delivering a blow to United
Arab Emirates suitors Al Ain and Al Wahda.
The Nigeria international, who started only
six league games last season, wants to
leave Stamford Bridge after failing to hold
down a regular starting place.
The 28-year-old, who has two years left on
his contract, has been told he remains part
of manager Mourinho’s future plans.
“There’s absolutely no truth to reports
linking Mikel with a move to Turkey or any
Chinese club for that matter,” a source
close to the talks said. “Only two clubs from
the UAE showed strong interest last month
but they could not meet his club’s
“Mikel has a contract with Chelsea until
2017, as things stand he will not be leaving
the club this transfer window as speculated.
”Mikel who moved to Chelsea in the
summer of 2006 has increasingly become a
fringe member of the squad due to the form
of Nemanja Matic.
With the emergence of highly-rated
midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the Super
Eagle has fallen down the pecking order at
the club ahead of the 2015/16 season.
Fenerbahce are reportedly interested in
signing Mikel but Chelsea will only listen to
a US $16.8 million offer.
The Turkish club’s president Aziz Yildirim
has told the local media they cannot meet
Chelsea’s valuation. “Chelsea want 15
million euros and Mikel asked for €5 million
a season over four years. We are talking 35
million euros,” Yildirim told reporters at their
Topuk Yayla training ground