Turkish side, Besiktas have once again expressed their desires to bring in Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel to Turkey after they failed to get a hold of him in Summer. Besiktas’ bids for the midfielder were rejected during the last transfer window, but they will make another offer come Winter according to the side’s President, Fikret Oman who recently said concerning the possibility of getting the Nigeria international
“We could enter the race again over the winter break”
Mikel has been at the Stamford bridge for 9 years, and is one of the few players to have spent that much with the club. He was a regular part during Ancelloti’s regime, but has dropped down the pecking orders since, and has only started 1 League game this season.
From the look of things, he is considered surplus to requirements, as Matic, Ramires and Loftus-Cheek are all ahead of him in the lineup, and Chelsea may be ready to enter negotiations talks with the Turkish club come January. Mourinho calls Mikel a “regulator” and will often introduce him to matches that he wants to maintain the current score line. But at 28, Obi should be playing regularly, not warming the bench.
The Turkish League isn’t as competitive as the EPL, and Mikel could find regular playing time at Besiktas. Surprisingly during the break, the defensive midfielder played full time for his country during the international break, against D.R Congo and Cameroon, where he acted as a central midfielder.
The former Ligue 1 player was once tipped to be a great player in the future back in 2005 during the World Youth Championship. He was the Silver ball winner, behind Lionel Messi who took gold.