In­ter set to splash £10m on Mikel

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Eigh­teen-time Ital­ian cham­pi­ons In­ter­nazionale are ready to dole out £ £10-mil­lion (about N2.7 bil­lion) for Nigeria in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder John Obi Mikel.

The Bri­tish me­dia re­ported last week that In­ter­nazionale pres­i­dent Erick Tho­hir flew to Lon­don to watch Chelsea’s UEFA Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter­fi­nal match against PSG at Stam­ford Bridge to mon­i­tor Mikel and a host of other Blues play­ers.

It has also been re­ported that an­other Chelsea player Tho­hir is con­sid­er­ing mak­ing a swoop for is Fer­nando Tor­res.

Other Pre­mier League stars like Manch­ester City striker Edin Dzeko and Ar­se­nal de­fender Bacary Sagna are also said to be on the In­ter wish list.

So far, In­ter have sig­naled their in­tent by se­cur­ing the ser­vices of Ne­manja Vidic from Manch­ester United who will be play­ing his foot­ball at the Giuseppe Meazza from next sea­son.

Mikel, who has been con­sis­tently linked with a move to the Ital­ian out­fit, has lost his place in the Chelsea first team fol­low­ing the ar­rival of Ser­bian mid­fielder Ne­manja Matic from Ben­fica in Jan­uary.

Au­thor­i­ta­tive Bri­tish news­pa­per the Lon­don Evening Stan­dard in­sists that In­ter Mi­lan is ready to mount a £10-mil­lion sum­mer move for Mikel.

Chelsea man­ager Jose Mour­inho has since re­vealed that he is look­ing to over­haul his squad dur­ing the com­ing trans­fer win­dow and Mikel is be­lieved to be among a host of top stars head­ing to­wards the exit door at Stam­ford Bridge.

“We want to im­prove the team and the play­ers and make some sur­gi­cal move­ments in the trans­fer win­dow.

“Nor­mally at the end of the sea­son, play­ers that are not play­ing a lot or who are not happy and pre­fer a change, that is also part of the mar­ket,” Mour­inho said in March.

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