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Besitas show Mikel interest

27 August 2015, 13:11

Lagos - Super Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel is set to be the subject of interest from Turkish giants, Besiktas.

The former Turkish champions were on the verge of sealing a deal for Liverpool midfielder, Lucas Leiva, but saw the move go south after Brandan Rodgers decided against offloading the Brazilian following the injury suffered by Jordan Henderson.

And according to reports from England, Besiktas have now turned their attention to the Nigerian international, Mikel, who only played his first game for Chelsea - as a substitute - last weekend.

Also read: Oliseh: Mikel snubbed me

The 28-year old has constantly been linked away from the English champions in recent years, with the latest coming just a couple of months ago, when he was almost set for a move to Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

And according to feelers, he might be allowed to leave the club he joined nine years ago, with Chelsea keen to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus.

The transfer window doesn't close until September 1, and Besiktas are said to be keen on a deal for Mikel, following injuries to Veli Kavlak and Tolgay Arslan.

Mikel is currently Chelsea's second longest serving player after captain John Terry, having joined from Lyn Oslo in 2006.

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