The Chelsea star John Obi Mikel may be given his marching orders at the end of the season according to reports emanating from England.
MetroUK has reported that the Super Eagles midfielder may be heading away from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season as the club is ready to offer him to Southampton in a move to sign £25 million-rated Morgan Schneiderlin, who is also wanted by Arsenal.
Arsenal currently lead the race to sign the French international, with Arsene Wenger confident the 25-year-old wants a move to north London this summer.
But Chelsea’s potential offer could prove more tempting for Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, who may feel the experienced Mikel could be the ideal replacement for Schneiderlin.
The 28-year-old has been with Chelsea since 2006 and has made 329 appearances for the Blues, scoring five goals in the process.
But the Nigeria international’s game-time at Stamford Bridge has been limited this season due to the options Jose Mourinho has at his disposal.
Mikel has won the English Premier League once, four FA Cups, two League Cups, one FA Community Shield, one UEFA Champions League, and one Europa League title in his nine years at Chelsea.