MISSION IMPOSSIBLE?? Why Marseille Is Scared Of Rescuing Mikel From Chelsea Nightmare [CLICK]

Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi (R)
Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi (R)

But for Mikel Obi’s reported £3.4million yearly salary, his rescue from Chelsea would have been a smooth sail as French giants Marseille are willing to strike the deal.

The Nigeria captain who joined the Premier League powerhouse in 2006, has been frozen out of the  team by the Blues’ Italian manager Antonio Conte, who took over the reins at the Stamford Bridge side in the summer.

French outlet Le 10 Sport  on Thursday, November 17, 2016 reported that Marseille manager, Rudi Garcia was  desperate to  sign the 29-year-old Super Eagles  midfielder  in January to boost his midfield options but said “the salary of  Mikel  Obi would be problematic”.

Mikel who guided Nigeria to a 3-1 win over Algeria’s Desert Foxes in their Russia 2018 World Cup Group B qualifier in Uyo on Saturday, has won two Premier League titles, the Champions League and four FA Cups with  the club, as he is deemed surplus to requirements by Conte.


The Nigerian forward could move to China where he would be guaranteed an annual salary that is equivalent to his current earnings at Chelsea.

Although it is evident that Chelsea is set to offload Mikel, the striker last week revealed that he was ready to quit the club during the January transfer window  for first-team football elsewhere.

He said: “Yes, maybe people will say the new manager was upset I left and went to the Olympics, that I didn’t have a pre-season with the team.

“He (Conte) probably thinks I don’t care about the team, things like that.

“But I don’t want to use those excuses. I have to keep training hard and make sure I change the manager’s mind. If not, then we’ll see what happens in January.”

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