Revealed – Valencia Were £40,000 Short Of Mikel’s Demand, Tianjin Teda Captured Mikel In 48 Hours


Captain of the Nigeria senior national team John Obi Mikel was few details away from joining Spanish La-Liga side Valencia before his move to Chinese side Tianjin Teda.


Mikel provisionally agreed a deal to Valencia, but the departure of coach Cesare Prandelli and the Sporting Director who convinced him about the project of the club discouraged him from penning a four year deal with them.

Even before the departure of the duo, Mikel refused to accept their offer of a weekly pay of £100,000, and the club were mulling over an increase for him before he pulled the plug on the deal.

He reportedly gave Valencia 48 hours to get back to him with an improved offer but before the expiration of the set deadline, Chinese side Tianjin Teda came up with a £140,000 a week deal.

The amount offered by the Chinese side was well within the range of what his financial demands are, and the deal was wrapped up in 48 hours with Mikel having a medical before signing on with the team on a three year deal.