Struggling French Ligue 1 side Marseille may have succeeded in convincing out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi to shun big-money move to the Chinese Super League to help revive the club.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who bought Marseille in October, had promised to invest heavily in the January transfer window to help manager Rudi Garcia build a team that could be European champions.
Les Phoceens were ready to rescue Mikel from his Chelsea nightmare in the summer but the player’s reported three point four million pound a-year salary reportedly aborted the move.
With McCourt ready to spend in January and Mikel yet to play a single game for Chelsea since the beginning of the season reports in France claimed Marseille were ready to sign the twenty-nine-year-old.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr also confirmed Mikel, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season, was in talks with Marseille.