According to the Daily Mail, legendary Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi is set to undergo a medical on Thursday as he prepares to leave the club this January on a free transfer. His contract technically only expires in the summer, but Chelsea are willing to cancel and facilitate the move.
All of that shouldn’t be surprising — Mikel’s had one foot out the door for practically the entire season — but his destination should be given his agent’s recent comments about not making a decision based on wages, especially the outrageous ones on offer from China.
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So if the Mail’s right, Mikel’s ready to choose China after all, with Tianjin TEDA offering a three-year deal at a cool £140k per week. Tianjin finished 10th in the 16-team CSL with the division’s second worst defensive record.
Just a few days ago, Mikel had supposedly agreed a move “in principle” with cash-strapped Valencia, and while La Liga would probably offer a greater challenge and maybe greater glory, it’s tough to beat the financial security offered by the Chinese Super League. While Mikel has apparently not (yet) agreed personal terms with Tianjin, he would probably not bother with a medical if he weren’t seriously considering it.