Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel is reportedly considering to reject £170,000 per week payment from Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League to join a European club in the January transfer window, according to Evening Standard.
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Football Naija revealed last week that the Chelsea midfielder had received an offer from Shanghai SIPG, the same club set to splash £60million for the services of Mikel’s team-mate Oscar.
The bronze medal-winning Olympian could earn up to £170,000 a week — £100,000 a week more than he is on now — if he moved to China.
But Mikel will rather remain in Europe in a competitive league and get more medals than move to China because of the money as understood by Football Naija.
Marseille have been interested in the defensive midfielder for months, and it was reported on this platform that Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr spilled on Mikel’s intent of joining the French club.
Sporting director of Marseille, Andoni Zubizarreta is believed to have offered him a contract, which is likely to be worth less than he gets at Stamford Bridge.
The French club is not up to Chelsea’s standard currently, but Mikel will be considering the move because of the fight Marseille puts in every season at the Ligue 1 and a guarantee to play in the Champions League almost every season.
The 29-year-old has spent 10 seasons at Stamford Bridge and won the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup and league cup titles at West London..