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English media suggest that Chelsea FC have already earmarked Luiz Gustavo as a replacement for John Mikel Obi

Posted: 17 July 2013 Time: 11:17

Reports in the English media suggest that Chelsea FC have already earmarked a replacement for Nigeria's John Mikel Obi.

Mikel has four years left in his contract at Chelsea but talkSPORT reports that the Europa Cup holders are already targeting Bayern Munich's Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo as a replacement for the Nigerian midfielder.

Mikel has been persistently linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge since the arrival of Jose Mourinho.

Gustavo is expected to cost at least £16 million, but Chelsea's approach could be hampered by the player's insistence on staying at Allianz Arena.

Chelsea however, are hoping to lure the 25-year-old player away from the European champions whose already impressive midfield ranks has been bolstered by the acquisition of Thiago Alcantara.

WHAT DO YOU THINK: Should Mikel stay on at Chelsea or move?

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posted: 11:33 am
Start your comment here aibo Mikel is far beta dan Gustavo.
posted: 11:47 am
Music to ma ears, john obi pls cum to arsenal, a void left by song yet to b fiiled! Diaby cn b useless sumtimes
posted: 12:11 pm
far better than gustavo!
posted: 12:14 pm
mikel shoul move to arsenal, ac milan or so.. the guy can make it big time. please you shouldnt go to turkey or russia because of money.

clubs like dortmund or bayern are also good..

i still hope he will stay at chelsea, but it seems he will leave
posted: 12:21 pm
my advice is: Mikel spend 1 or 2 more season under Mourinho before you move; and not to minors (league and club)...pakam!
posted: 12:25 pm
Jose Morinho knows how to lavish money and run away, he over spent in chelsea before and run away, now he is back to destroy the team and run away again, real madrid is still trying to mend what Jose messed up in their team, when he was in chelsea Drobga helped him, in inter milian Eto helped him, in real madrid Ronaldo helped him, he dose not know how to play as a team, always want to buy a helper. in chelsea this time around there are no such player so wait and see him fight officials and fans.
posted: 12:55 pm
Mikel must stay coach plz
posted: 12:56 pm
Mikel must stay coach plz
posted: 01:02 pm
Gustavo is the best player,Obi jusy.
posted: 01:05 pm
This must be joke, I thought Mourinho said no key players will be leaving Chelsea this summer?
posted: 01:09 pm
@GreenBlood4life,, J Mourinho ,don,t want mikel ,
he love to stay in Chelsea mikel never hide is love and feelings for Stamford bridge but since the arrival of J.M off-which i believe he play a huge part concerning this transfer internet rumour
for me i will love to see him go to Ac milla or even Juventus chelsea never help him but destroy is carrier,,
Mo Freak, Mo Fire, Mo Khosi, Mo Everything...
posted: 01:22 pm
ogbonnaposted: 12:25 pm | Report
Jose Morinho knows how to lavish money and run away, he over spent in chelsea before and run away, now he is back to destroy the team and run away again, real madrid is still trying to mend what Jose messed up in their team, when he was in chelsea Drobga helped him, in inter milian Eto helped him, in real madrid Ronaldo helped him, he dose not know how to play as a team, always want to buy a helper. in chelsea this time around there are no such player so wait and see him fight officials and fans.


Shame Ogbonna you trying very hard to discredit "The Happy One". The same can be said with Pep relying on Messi, Ferguson relying on Van Persie, Ronaldo, Cantona, Van Nistelrooy etc during their tenures.

Essentially so ur opinion holds no weight even though i acknowledge it, every Manger/Coach needs a player they can build a Team around on and if this is not done it'll be very difficult to win Championships like Arsenal for example they've struggled to find that balance for a long time now.

Look @ PSG with Ibra and now Cavani, Monaco with Falcao, Milan with Balotelli, Man U with Van Persie etc the list goes on. That's whta Mourinho is good at, he can spot the Best players that he can rely on which is why he went on to be the Prominent Manger he is today. He did that with Benni and Deco whilst @ Porto.

Have you noticed what happens to Teams after Mourinho's departure, look @ how Inter struggled but they had the same players that Mourinho broke records with, look @ Porto until of course the Arrival of Mourinho's understudy AVB, look @ what happend to Chelsea shortly after he left, Man U was collecting League honours. I hope the same Omen doesn't befall Madrid because according to me they are going to struggle watch the space.

Lastly you must understand that Mourinho is not your Typical Ex-Player Coach, he has never kicked a ball in his life and do you know what makes him so good? He is a "Psychologist", Mourinho only intstills a CHampionship Mentality, Never day die attitude and gives his players self-belief/confidence. He couldn't do that with Madrid because of infighting within the Team and Players who were not willing to take his orders and the same can be said about Pellegrini during his time there even though he's a Great Manager.

What you make of him after this, is up to you and i'll respect it

posted: 01:24 pm

posted: 01:02 pm

Gustavo is the best player,Obi jusy

what are you saying?
posted: 01:41 pm
Among all the offers coming Mikel's way , Monaco seems the best option. If offers keep coming especially from Spain,Italy or Germany, he should carefully way the options and chose the most suitable I just want Mikel to leave Chelsea which has no record of establishing young stars . What we saw against Uruguay and Spain was the Mikel most Nigerians knew. Since, Mikel has won virtually everything in club football, he should be targeting personal glory. Good-luck Mikel.
mrs Majoro (1st lady of Amakhosi)
posted: 02:01 pm
i reckon Mikel can do well at PSG
posted: 02:12 pm
@More freak, Alex and Pep never stay one year or two in their club and run away, this people you mentioned here plays nice attractive football, but Jose play what we call smash and grab football that's the reason he gets too many red card with his players, please don't support blindly watch him this season and count how many times he will be red carded with his smash and grab football tactics.
posted: 02:22 pm

Mikel, others staying at Chelsea, Mourinho insists
TUESDAY, 16 JULY 2013 21:57 EDITOR SPORT - HOME E-mail Print
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SUPER Eagles’ midfielder, Mikel Obi will niot leave Chelsea this summer as rumoured by a section of the media.

Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea have no need to sell any of their key men this summer, including Branislav Ivanovic.

Reports have suggested that the Blues might look to trim their squad during the current transfer window, with Ivanovic, Juan Mata, Mikel and David Luiz among those said to be attracting interest from afar.

Mourinho, though, says the club remains on a sound financial footing and have no intention of sanctioning the sale of senior professionals who have a big part to play heading forward.

On the Ivanovic rumours, the Portuguese told Sky Sports News: “They didn’t contact Chelsea. If there was any interest, it was not official.

“As a manager, a board, we have the responsibility of running the club, and the owner, and we are very, very clear that there is no chance that Ivanovic will leave Chelsea.”

Asked if any departures are required, he added, “no. The club is solid. The club is very well organised, the numbers are correct. We as a club want to follow the Financial Fair Play rules, but we are in a very stable situation.

“I like the squad, I like the profile. I like the fact we have a very young squad with three or four experienced players that are still in a fantastic moment of their career.”

While Mourinho is not expecting to move players on, he also claims to be happy with the attacking talent at his disposal and feels no need to bolster a strike force, which includes the likes of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku.

He said, “we have strikers. The market is open and anything can happen, but it depends on the opportunities and it depends if the market really starts, because at the moment the market is very stopped.

“We are okay, we are very much okay. If the transfer window closed tomorrow (Thursday) and we do nothing, I am more than happy.”

Greeting all the way from Australia
posted: 02:37 pm
out of favor on coach said , is better he leave and go were he can play football .
posted: 02:49 pm
u17 finalist ,
u20 finalist
once young player of the year
English league medalist 2X
FA cup medalist 2X
calling cup medalist 2X
uefa champion medalist 1
Europa cup medalist 1
africa champion medalist 1

In fact mikel onye ball nwanne Just go were you can play soccer you have done it all .
Clem de moon
posted: 03:17 pm
I think Mikel when making a decision on which club he will join, should consider a club that would allow him to play as attacking midfielder! Mikel is a great footballer, whom i think had he been played as attacking midfielder would have won many personal laurels. And again, Mikel should be careful not make 2nd mistake by moving to Turkey or Russian league (d 1st mistake was moving to chelsea instead of Man u) i will advice to stay in the premier league, if any offer, Arsenal or Everton can do.
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