Mikel deemed surplus to requirements as Mourinho looks to shape new squad.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is set to begin a clear-out at the club with Jon Obi Mikel reportedly starting talks with Turkish giants Galatasaray.
According to the Express, the 26-year-old has been offered a four-year deal worth €13m to join the Super Lig champions, and it is reported that he is keen on the switch.
A move to Istanbul would see him reunited with former Blues team-mate Didier Drogba, as Gala look for a potential replacement for Felipe Melo, with the Brazilian likely to move on following the end of his loan spell.
Mikel joined the Blues back in 2006, after Mourinho moved in to snap up the midfielder in a £16m deal from Norwegian side Lyn Oslo.
It is believed that Chelsea are keen to recoup that same fee, but it is unclear at this stage what Galatasaray are prepared to part with in order to land their target.
The Portuguese tactician is back in charge for his second stint at Stamford Bridge, and is ready to stamp his authority on the squad by freshening up the personnel.
It is reported that he is interested in signing either Roma enforcer Daniele De Rossi or young Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel as a replacement for Mikel, with the latter the more likely to happen.
However, what is certain at this point is that the Nigerian international does not figure in Mourinho’s plans moving forward, and could begin a new adventure in Turkey next season.