Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel has agreed a deal in principle to join Valencia, ending a ten-year spell in west London, but his La Liga move hinges on the future of West Ham striker Simone Zaza.
The Nigerian international, who boasts 78 caps with the Super Eagles, has found himself frozen out by new Blues boss Antonio Conte as league-leading Chelsea evolved their style under the Italian coach.
And after failing to make a single Premier League appearance this season, Mikel has agreed the outline details of a move to Mestalla after meeting with Valencia’s sporting director, Jesus Garcia Pitarch, in London.
However, the crisis-hit Spaniards must now make a big decision as Financial Fair Play restrictions mean that they won’t be able to afford to sign both Mikel and top target Simone Zaza this month.
Mikel, meanwhile, is also being chased by Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille and clubs from the Chinese Super League but is understood to prefer a La Liga move.
The 29-year-old joined Chelsea in 2006 in a protracted and controversial transfer, having initially signed a deal with Manchester United. The Blues ended up paying United £12million for the midfielder, plus £4million to Norwegian side Lyn Oslo.