StoryMonaco target deal for Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel

Cash rich French club AS Monaco is threatening a dream reunion with Didier Drogba for Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel by apparently launching a bid for the Nigerian international.

Turkish giants Galatasaray are eyeing up a cut price deal for the midfielder who is seen as surplus to requirements at Chelsea and reunite him with former Chelsea hero Drogba, who returned to Europe at the end of last season after leaving Chelsea for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. The Blues reportedly want a staggering £ 16 million for the midfield hard man, which is much beyond what the Turkish club can afford and that is where AS Monaco have sensed a window of opportunity and are looking to exploit it by launching a bid for the player.

The Nigerian midfielder was signed back in 2006 after a long drawn transfer saga involving his Norwegian club Lyn Oslo and Premier League rivals Manchester United. But John Obi Mikel might now have to leave the club after the return of the man who brought him to the club all those years back. The Nigerian has had a trophy laden stint at Chelsea, winning the FA Cup, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League as well as the Premier League but faces the axe now.

Although he has four years to run on his current contract with the club, Mikel has admitted he is unsure what the future holds for him and added that he is open to a move if the opportunity comes up. He added that he still has a four year contract with Chelsea but nothing can be guaranteed in football and if he has to move on, he will have to.

AS Monaco have already spent £ 120 million in the transfer market and are looking to spend more with John Obi Mikel.