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After eleven years in Blues, John Obi Mikel will soon leave Chelsea: in fact, the Nigerian midfielder is set for a medical with Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda.

The gold Olympic medal winner doesn’t fit in Antonio Conte‘s plans and didn’t play any minute during this season.

Mikel has been offered a package worth around £140,000 per week in a 3-year-deal and he will follow many footballers that are moving to China attracted by insane money contracts: the latest ones were Carlos Tevez ( Shanghai Shenhua from Boca Juniors, £ 33m per year, he will be the most paid player in the world in the next two years) and Axel Witsel ( Tianjin Quanjian from Zenit St. Petersburgh £ 17m per year).

The Nigeria international has held talks with Valencia, while Olympique de Marseille and Inter have also shown interest in the past months, but Tianjin Teda are now at the front of the queue.


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Chelsea made a last attempt to persuade Axel Witsel, according to The Sun. 

It is understood the Belgian midfielder, who’s out of contract at Zenit St-Petersburg, prepares to join Juventus in the January transfer market window, anyway Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly still considering to land the 27-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

Witsel has reportedly rejected the move as he wants to remain loyal to the Serie A champions, who failed to sign him on Deadline Day last summer.

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Zenit St Petersburg tried to sign Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas in this transfer window deadline day but the Spanish midfielder refused a move to Russia.

Russian club manager Mircea Lucescu targeted him to replace Axel Witsel that was set to join Juventus, but the the deal was eventually called off.

Fabregas and Chelsea, anyway, didn’t want to start a negotiation for this deal.

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According to Sky Sport Italia Juventus offered € 15m to Zenit St. Petersburg for Axel Witsel

The Bianconeri need to sign a midfielder to replace Paul Pogba, that moved to Manchester United, and the Belgian international would already have agreed on the move.

 Chelsea midfield during this transfer window, but now the player seems on his way to Italy.

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According to Gianlucadimarzio.com Juventus are still tracking several midfielders to replace Paul Pogba, that is set to join Manchester United this week in a £ 100m record transfer.

PSG‘s Blaise Matuidi is their first target but the midfielder that is closer to join the Bianconeri is Axel Witsel, despite no agreement was found with Zenit: the Russian side are asking a very high fee for a player whose contract will expire in 2017.

The Bianconeri are still keen on the Chelsea star Nemanja Matic, but it’s not easy to sign him: the Serbian midfielder woukd ask to be put on the market to leave, but new Blues boss Antonio Conte has no intention to let him go.

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Everton are leading the race to sign Zenit St.Petersburg star Axel Witsel after Napoli failed to land the midfielder, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 27-year-old has been heavily linked also with a move to Chelsea, but Everton boss Ronald Koeman is a well-known admirer of the Belgium international and is said to be keen on bringing him to Goodison Park this summer.

The Belgian international has been linked with a move away from Russia and Chelsea have made a late bid for Witsel last week, according to reports in England.



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Chelsea are leading th erace to sign Zenit St.Petersburg star Axel Witsel, according to the Sunday People.

The Blues have joined Everton and Napoli, with the Serie A side reportedly closing in on a move for the Belgium international midfielder.

Chelsea have reportedly agreed personal terms with the 27-year-old’s agent and Witsel would prefer a move to London instead of to Merseyside, according to reports.

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Chelsea have made a late bid for Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel.

The Belgian international has been linked with a move away from Russia for quite some time now and a move to Merseyside this summer looked on the cards with both Liverpool and Everton showing interest.

However, Chelsea are ready to make an offer for Witsel and add him to the team that Conte is hoping will make waves in the Premier League next season.

Witsel is currently on holiday after competing in France this summer for Belgium but it is thought that he will want to make a decision regarding his future sooner rather than later.

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If Chelsea will fail to sign Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan from AS Roma, they will try to focus on his national team mate Axel Witsel (27).

The ex Benfica star is set to leave Zenit Saint Petersburg after 4 seasons and it’s already targeted by Juventus, Inter, AC Milan and Napoli, as well as Giallorossi themselves and Stoke City.

Still on a deal with Russian club until June 2017, Witsel might leave for an offer around €23/£17.5m .

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Zenit St. Petersburg star Axel Witsel has been a Chelsea target for more than one year but now the Blues will have to face the competition of two Italian clubs: Juventus and Napoli.

After signing Miralem Pjanic from Roma, the Champions of Italy are interested in the Belgian midfielder too.

The Russian side are keen in Bianconeri midfielder Roberto Pereyra, so the two clubs are thinking about a deal to include both players, with Juventus that  should add a money fee to bring the Belgian midfielder to Turin. A reason why the deal would be easier for them.

Anyway, it’s a last minute news from Sky Sport Italia that also Napoli are in the race to sign him: it won’t be easy to bring Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois compatriot to Stamford Bridge.


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