John Obi Mikel’s agent, John Shittu, has admitted that clubs are queuing up to sign his client, but says they must be willing to pay what the player deserves.
Shittu says a lot of teams have asked about Mikel Obi from Italy and he is likely to move in January.
The 29-year-old has not featured at all for Chelsea this season, but his agent says there are no problems with manager Antonio Conte.
“John does not have problems with his manager,” Shittu told The Sun.
“They have a normal and professional relationship.
“The salary [in his next contract] will be important, commensurate with his value, but the most important thing will be the football project.
“If everything was based only on the money he would probably go to play in China. But I repeat: he can choose from many clubs, so the project will be crucial in his decision.”
“There are many teams interested in the player.
“In the past we spoke with Inter Milan but now there are a lot of Italian clubs that want him. I will not reveal the names, but there are other Italians teams on his trail.
“And beware: even clubs in the UK, Spain, Germany and even in China know the value of the player and requested information about him.”
Mikel Obi signed for Chelsea in June 2006 from Lyn Oslo and has gone on to make 376 appearances for the Premier League side.