John Obi Mikel only stayed at Chelsea because their Paul Pogba move fell through

Chelsea apparently came within moments of selling long serving midfielder John Obi Mikel to Turkish giants Besiktas this summer, but ended up keeping him as their own pursuit of Paul Pogba failed to get off the ground, the Metro reports.

The Metro states that The Blues had earmarked the Nigerian international as the man to make way for Pogba’s arrival from Italian champions Juventus.

An article on Turkish publication Radyospor claimed that Mikel was more than happy to make the move to the Super Lig side, only to see manager Jose Mourinho pull the rug from under the move when he learnt Pogba wouldn’t be on his way to west London just yet.

Mikel, who has been at the club since 2006, making 339 appearances in the process, is no longer a first team regular, but could prove to be valuable backup over the coming months.

The 28-year-old featured just 18 times in the club’s Premier League winning campaign, and if Mourinho was willing to sacrifice him this summer there is a good chance that this will be his final campaign at Stamford Bridge.

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