Out of favour Super Eagles of Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel won’t be joining any team in Europe when he leaves Chelsea in January, Owngoalnigeria.com understands.
Mikel has been linked to a host of European clubs including top sides like Valencia, Marseille, Inter-Milan, AC Milan and even Turkish giants Besiktas and Galatasary, but the 29 year old won’t be joining any of the aforementioned clubs.
Chelsea will most likely be his last club in Europe for now if reports gathered from a reliable close source to the former Lyn Oslo man is anything to go by.
” I can proudly tell you that he is not in talks with any team in Europe, forget about what you read or hear. About 10 team based in Europe have all made inquiries, but Mikel is going to the Middle East or China.
” He is in talks with Shanghai SIPG and Al-Ain of the UAE, they are the two clubs close to meeting his wage demands. No European team can pay him what he is demanding at the moment”, he told Owngoalnigeria.com.
” The picture will become clear in the coming days, but I know for a fact that if Al-Ain or Shanghai SIPG can raise their offer to around £200,000 a week, £30,000 more than what they offered him initially. The deal will be as good as done”.