Chelsea are believed to be happy to allow long-serving midfielder John Obi Mikel to leave the club this summer.
The Nigerian has played 338 times for the Blues and won two Premier League titles, the Champions League and four FA Cups since joining in 2006.
However he has found first-team opportunities harder to come by in Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge, with Nemanja Matic now cemented as holding midfielder.
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The 28-year-old has one year remaining on his Stamford Bridge contract, but The Mirror claims that United Arab Emirates outfit Al Ain are ready to offer him a lucrative deal.
An agreement is close to being reached, and Chelsea are already identifying possible replacements for Mikel, with Zenit St. Petersburg’s Axel Witsel apparently on their radar.