Chelsea transfer news: John Obi Mikel linked with move away after he's offered to clubs 'for £5m'

Nigerian midfielder could leave Stamford Bridge this summer following the arrival of Cesc Fabregas

Chelsea could be willing to let John Obi Mikel leave the club for as little as £5m this summer after reports suggested there are side ready to come in for the midfielder.

Mikel has taken a back-seat role at Stamford Bridge, making only 11 Premier League starts last season after falling behind Nemanja Matic, Ramires, and the now-departed duo of David Luiz and Frank Lampard.

The Nigerian helped his country progress from their group at the World Cup, but he looks to be nearing an exit after failing to convince Jose Mourinho that he has a future at Chelsea, and the signing of Cesc Fabregas looks to have hammered the final nail into Mikel’s Blues career, according to the Daily Mail.

But the 27-year-old claims that Fabregas’ arrival does not mean the end for him in London, as he feels Fabregas will take up a different role in Mourinho’s side than what he currently offers.

Video: Fabregas joins Chelsea

“I don't have a problem with the signing of Cesc Fabregas,” said Mikel. “We have played against each other a lot of times. We don't play in the same position anyway.”

 

Mikel arrived at Chelsea during Mourinho's first spell in 2006 and has gone on to make an impressive 206 league appearances for the Blues, scoring three times.

Another Chelsea player potentially on the move is defender Patrick van Aanholt, who has confirmed that he wants to leave the club after failing to break into the first-team.

The 23-year-old could move to Feyenoord, who look set to say farewell to Daryl Janmaat after the right-back reportedly agreed a deal to join Newcastle.

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