Captain of the senior national team of Nigeria John Obi Mikel has agreed a four year deal with Spanish side Valencia, Owngoalnigeria.com understands.
Valencia beat a host of teams to his signature which includes big spending Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, French side Olympique Marseille and Serie A duo AC and Inter Milan.
Talks were held in England between representatives of the La-Liga side and the 29 year old, and a deal was reached for him to be their first signing of the January transfer window.
He will join Valencia on a free transfer after Chelsea decided to let the midfielder who has spent 11 seasons at the club leave for no fee, despite having six months left on his current deal.
The deal will be announced as soon as Valencia are able to trash out the modalaties of his transfer with Chelsea, as Owngoalnigeria.com gathered that Mikel is due some compensation which both teams have to agree on which party will pay.