Slow Chelsea midfielder John Obi has been persistently linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.
The 28-year-old only made six Premier League starts for the Blues last season.
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Mikel was rated very highly when he arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2006, but he now seems to lack the class to and mobility to command a regular place in Jose Mourinho’s side.
His poor goals record – just one in 224 Prem games – is another reason why he has fallen out of favour.
Clubs in Turkey and the Middle East are reportedly keen on Mikel and, despite him no longer being an important player at Chelsea, the Blues will want to sign a replacement should he leave.
That replacement could be former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song.
According to The Telegraph, Chelsea are considering making a move for Song, who is rated at around £5m.
Talks have taken place regarding Song’s potential move to Chelsea, but West Ham United remain the favourites to sign the Barcelona outcast, who spent last season on loan at Upton Park.
skyBET‘s odds on Song being a West Ham player when the summer transfer window closes are 4/5, while Chelsea can be backed at 6/1.
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Song would probably be an improvement on Mikel – stats giants Whoscored.com suggest so, anyway. In his 28 Premier League games for West Ham last season, Song recorded an average performance rating of 6.97, while Mikel’s average score – over 18 matches – was 6.44.