So Jose Mourinho has taken over as boss at Chelsea and is ready to spend. The question is, who will be shown the big blue door?
According to The Express, Turkish champions Galatasaray are extremely confident in their bid for Nigerian international John Obi Mikel but will have to pay a fee around the region of £16 million. It is believed that former Chelsea team-mate and good friend Didier Drogba will play a major role in convincing the 26-year old that a move away from Stamford Bridge may be inevitable.
We all know the nature of which Roman Abramovich likes to pump financial investment after investment into the team- so it doesn’t take a genius to recognise that the fight for first team football will not be an easy one at Chelsea, and Mourinho will select who he believes will be the best performer in that role. With that being said, and taking into consideration the already star-studded midfield at his disposal, it will be hard for Mikel to cement a secure position in the starting XI.
With Chelsea also targeting world-class midfielders such as Alonso, Khedira and De Rossi, it may be in the Nigerian’s best interest to look for a club where he can perfect his trade and become a more leading figure on the field. That is if he is passionate about the football and isn’t happy sitting on the bench collecting wages, which is ludicrous as no footballer puts money before first-team football right?
Galatasaray have assembled a very talented team with a great mix of youth and experienced players, which looks to be the strongest starting XI the Turkish champions have managed to put together.
With Mikel not always being a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge and friendly faces currently playing for the club who desire his services, this move seems completely plausible and could be a much needed move for the midfielder. He has won a handful of trophies with the London club but will, no doubt, lust for new challenges.
The Chelsea player has played in the English league since the early age of 18- starting with Manchester United, only to be sold to Chelsea in a confusing several weeks in the transfer window. With that being said, this could be a great opportunity for Mikel to gain experience and knowledge from other primed professionals within his trade. Players such as Sneijder and Philipe Melo (if he is bought at the end of his loan) will be great mentors and could bring new aspects to the midfielder’s overall game.
Galatasaray have also been linked with Manchester United’s Nani. I think Galatasaray’s motive for next season is quite clear and there is no doubt they will look to make a handful of additions throughout the summer so keep your ears and eyes open.