Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch has confirmed they have held transfer talks with out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel.
The Nigeria international has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge this season and is yet to make an appearance under Antonio Conte, which has resulted in speculation about his future.
Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch has held talks with Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel over a possible transfer to the Mestalla stadium. Mikel, 29, has not featured for Chelsea this season and becomes a free agent in the summer. The Nigeria international is reportedly set to leave the Blues this month and Valencia have joined the race to acquire the experienced player, who has received offers from Inter Milan, Marseille and the Chinese Super League. Would you want @mikel_john_obi to leave? ———————————————————————— #cfc #Chelsea #ktbffh #coyb #utc #upthechels #chelseafc #chelseafootballclub #comeonchelsea #prideoflondon #carefree #blueisthecolour #cfcforever #pl #premierleague #transfer #obimikel #johnobimikel #valenciacf #valencia #marseille #olympiquemarseille #intermilan #milan #internazionale ———————————————————————— Follow Partners @chelsea_slovenia @kenedy.zouma_army @chelseadiurnal @cfcfun @hazard.brothers @truecfcfans @morata.azpilicueta.fc @Chelsea.for.life @chelseahk_fanpage @chelseafcnetwork
Recent reports from France seemed to indicate the 29-year-old could be set for a loan spell with Ligue 1 outfit Olympique de Marseille. However, it seems Valencia could pip with the French outfit to the Nigerian's signature in the January transfer window.
Pitarch revealed that he engaged in negotiations with the defensive midfielder and confirmed that the ball is firmly in his court with regards to ending his ten-year tenure with the Blues.
"In the case of Obi Mikel, with Chelsea’s permission, I met with him in London on Christmas day," Pitarch told Football Espana.
"I informed him of the option [of joining Valencia]. He said he would think about it," he concluded.