Inter set to splash £10m on Mikel
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.