Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho is set to make a shock move to bring his former midfielder lieutenant John Obi Mikel to Old Trafford from Chelsea.
Mourinho Read To Give Mikel A Lifeline At Man United
The Super Eagles captain, Mikel, has not played a single game under new Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte and there are no plans to renew his contract which runs out this season.
The Sun reports that Mourinho is ready to take advantage of the situation with a cut-price New Year offer for the Nigeria international midfielder the Red Devils thought they had signed 10 years ago.
Mikel had just turned 19 when the Old Trafford outfit announced on their website that they had signed him on a four-year contract from Norwegian club FC Lyn-Oslo.
The £4 million transfer was done directly with the player and his club — bypassing his agents and he was even pictured in a United shirt.
But Chelsea angrily claimed they had an agreement with the agents to buy him.
Things turned nasty when it was reported Mikel started to get threatening phone calls and ended up having to take refuge in a safe hotel with a security guard.
He then went missing from Lyn amid stories he had been kidnapped.
Mikel had actually travelled to London where he went on Sky Sports TV to claim that he had been pressured into signing for United, something they denied, and he wanted to join the Blues.
The matter was resolved when Chelsea paid United £12 million and FC Lyn-Oslo £4 million.
If a deal happens then it will be the second time Mourinho will sign Mikel, who he believes can play in a defensive midfield role in front of the back four. He needs that type of player to give £89 million Paul Pogba freedom to roam.