Thursday, 12 June 2014

Chelsea midfielder could be on his way to Valencia


Jon Obi-Mikel has become the latest Chelsea player to be linked with a move away from the club, as Valencia have made him a transfer target, reports the Daily Mail. The Nigerian international is one of Chelsea’s longest serving players currently, but his time at Stamford Bridge might be drawing to a close.
 The player made 36 appearances for Chelsea last season, although he was largely used as a second-half substitute by Jose Mourinho. The club have reportedly made the player available, and he has attracted interest from around Europe. Inter Milan have been monitoring his situation, but Valencia have emerged as forerunners to sign the midfielder, as they look to bolster their prospects in La Liga next year.
Mikel has been at the Blue’s for the past 8 seasons, and he has won many trophies there (including the Champion’s League in 2012). He now looks to be one of many of an old guard of players that will leave the club this summer. Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard have already announced their intentions to move elsewhere, although club captain, John Terry, has been offered a one year extension to his contract.
Mikel is still only 27 years old, and he would represent a good piece of business should another club capture him. He will play for Nigeria at this summer’s World Cup, where he is amongst the most capped players in the national set-up.