Struggling French Ligue 1 aspect Marseille could have succeeded in convincing out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi to shun huge-cash transfer to the Chinese language Tremendous League to assist revive the membership.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers proprietor Frank McCourt, who purchased Marseille in October, had promised to speculate closely within the January switch window to assist supervisor Rudi Garcia construct a workforce that might be European champions.
Les Phoceens had been able to rescue Mikel from his Chelsea nightmare in the summertime however the participant’s reported £three.4m-a-12 months wage reportedly aborted the transfer.
With McCourt able to spend in January – and Mikel but to play a single recreation for Chelsea for the reason that starting of the season – stories in France on Sunday claimed Marseille have been able to signal the 29-yr-outdated.
Tremendous Eagles coach Gernot Rohr additionally confirmed Mikel, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires on the finish of the season, was in talks with Marseille.
“I noticed him in London. He’s in superior discussions with OM. Marseille is a severe choice for him,” the German advised Europe 1.
Chinese language moneybags Shanghai SIPG reportedly supplied Mikel £a hundred and seventy,000 per week to maneuver to Asia however Europe 1 believes the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner will transfer to Stade Velodrome subsequent month as he will likely be a key participant on the challenge at Marseille.
Garcia has stated he’ll solely signal high gamers in January and believes Mikel will convey a wealth of expertise taking part in on the high stage to assist the facet.
Former Swansea ahead Bafetimbi Gomis is at present Les Phoceens’ highest-paid participant at €420,000 per 30 days, in keeping with L’Equipe.
However studies say Marseille are able to considerably enhance on Mikel’s reported €350,000-a-month wage at Chelsea to lure him to France.
Chelsea’s Italian supervisor Antonio Conte has caught with the staff who chalked up their eleventh match successful streak within the Premier League following their 1-zero defeat of Crystal Palace Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Mikel, who represented Nigeria on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has received the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League since he joined Chelsea from Norwegian membership Lyn Oslo in 2006.
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