Chelsea have turned down an offer from Chinese club Shanghai SIPB for in-form midfielder John Obi Mikel and it looks like the Nigerian will not be sold in the near future, according to the Daily Star.
The experienced midfielder has been the subject of interest from the Chinese side, who are managed by former England and Ivory Coast boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, but are looking increasingly unlikely to make any further move for Mikel this month.
The 28-year-old has made an impression for Chelsea recently in their hugely underwhelming season so far, providing a greater deal of solidity in front of the back four since the arrival of interim manager Guus Hiddink, who has preferred the Nigerian over Nemanja Matic.
Shanghai’s offer was said to be valued at around £6 million; a fee that seems fairly low to accept for a player of Mikel’s recent influence, as well as a hefty wage for the Nigeria international at £60,000 per week.
The Nigerian has been with Chelsea since 2006 and to lose someone who is almost part of the furniture at Stamford Bridge would be a shame for the fans.
Mikel’s representatives have released a statement, also, regarding the current situation surrounding their client, stating that a move away from Stamford Bridge will not happen anytime soon.
Yes, it is true that Shanghai SIPG made a bid for Mikel. But Chelsea say he is not for sale and want him to see out his contract. He has to obey Chelsea but plans to hold further talks with them at the end of the season.