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.
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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
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
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.For
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