Remember back in 2006 when Chelsea essentially paid £16million for John Obi Mikel (£12million to Manchester United and £4million to Lyn Oslo)? Many of us thought at the time that the botched transfer must have been really worth it, and he must have been some player.
Well it turned out he wasn’t worth that, not even close to it. The Nigerian had never played a game for Manchester United and yet they received £12million for the player, they must have loved that bit of business.
In a strange move however, it appears that they might be ready to give some of that money back to sign the player again, and we all thought the Mikel/United/Chelsea saga was over.
Mikel has not featured for Chelsea since the 6th February against Liverpool and since then he has relied on substitute appearances. The player is said to be very happy living in London, and he gets on well with his team mates but the lack of games is beginning to frustrate him according to The News Of The World.
It is a pretty widely accepted fact that Carlo Ancelotti is planning a rejig of his squad this Summer and it is expected that he will be very busy in the transfer market. It would seem likely that Mikel could be one of those players that could be pushed further down the pecking order as fresh faces are brought in.
According to The News Of The World the plight of the player is of particular interest to Manchester United and Real Madrid. Current Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho, worked with Mikel when he managed Chelsea and is apparently keen to work with him again, the Spanish giants are hardly short of holding players though with Lassana Diara, Sami Kheidira and Xabi Alonso already on their books, so it is debatable whether he would be any more likely to get games there.
Manchester United could probably do with a player like Mikel more than Madrid. Owen Hargreaves has now thrown in the towel and won’t be signing a new contract with the Old Trafford side this Summer, and even though Michael Carrick has signed a new deal, United still lack a ball winner in their midfield, and that is something that the Nigerian could definitely do for them. Surely though they could do better than the Chelsea man, who whilst a good player is in my eyes not a world beater.
It is still early days for Mikel, he is relatively young and in many ways he may be better waiting a bit before rushing out of Stamford Bridge, there could be a run of games just around the corner. An injury to a member of the Chelsea midfield and Mikel is back in contention again, he may be better holding off and seeing who arrives this Summer before opening his mouth and talking his way out of the club.
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