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Marseille are close to sealing a deal to bring John Obi Mikel to the club in January, according to reports today.
The French side have been keeping tabs on the player over the last few weeks and it’s now been revealed that they are rather close to completing a deal to sign the midfielder.
The deal would cost the Ligue 1 side absolutely nothing in terms of a transfer fee, as the player is set to switch clubs on a free transfer.
The move would signal the end of the 29-year old’s long stint at Stamford Bridge. Mikel has been at Chelsea for ten years now, originally joining the club back in 2006 from Lyn.
He has gone on to make over 200 appearances for the club and has won several trophies with the Blues during his tenure at the club.
However, since Antonio Conte was appointed as manager, he has found gametime extremely hard to come by.
In fact, the midfielder is yet to feature under the new Chelsea boss and there are no signs that he will be given a chance anytime soon, with the current Blues squad firing their way to first in the table.
Mikel has seemingly become surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and he is now ready to move on to try and get regular gametime again.