John Obi Mikel (C) of Nigeria controls the ball next to Lars Bender (L) and Sven Bender of Germany during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s semifinal football match at the Arena Corinthians Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 17, 2016.
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Super Eagles’ head coach, Gernot Rohr, claims Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, is in talks with Marseille about a potential transfer, reports goal.com.
Mikel joined Chelsea in 2006, making over 350 appearances for the club, but he has not featured at all under new manager Antonio Conte this season.
The 29-year-old is now expected to be let go by the Premier League leaders and is seemingly on the verge of a move to France.
“I saw Obi Mikel in London,” Rohr told Europe 1. “He is in advanced discussions with Olympique Marseille.
“He will leave Chelsea for free. This is a serious option.”
Mikel’s contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire at the end of the season.
The Nigerian, Chelsea’s second longest-serving player behind John Terry, is yet to play a single minute under Antonio Conte and has hinted at a falling out with the manager over his involvement at the Olympic Games.
Marseille are thought to be in the market for a defensive midfielder, with the future of Lassana Diarra up in the air after he was fined €10 million for breaking his contract with Lokomotiv Moscow.