Mikel is frustrated at a lack of first team opportunities.
John Obi Mikel is ready to leave Chelsea due to a lack of first team opportunities and Inter Milan are prepared to pay £12.3m for the midfielder, according to the Mirror.
The Nigeria international has been at Stamford Bridge for nearly eight years, but has found himself further down the pecking order this season under the management of Jose Mourinho.
Mikel has managed just 16 starts in all competitions, with only nine coming in the Premier League and that situation doesn’t look like changing anytime soon.
Ramires has emerged as a fine box-to-box midfielder under Mourinho, whilst new £20.75m signing Nemanja Matic is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe.
Both Frank Lampard and even David Luiz – who is generally considered to be a centre-back – are also ahead of Mikel for a place in the starting XI and Inter are looking to capitalise on that uncertainty surrounding the African.
Nerazzuri boss Walter Mazzarri is keen to shore up his midfield at the San Siro as the club look like missing out on Champions League football for the second successive year.
New Inter president Erick Thohir is keen to make a mark on Serie A and will therefore sanction some big money moves for the club in the summer.
Mikel joined the Blues in 2006 from Norwegian side FK Lyn in controversial circumstances, as the west Londoners were accused of hijacking Manchester United’s move for the 26-year-old and were forced to pay compensation as a result.
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