Eighteen-time Italian champions, Internazionale, are ready to fork out £10-million (about N2.7 billion) for Nigerian international midfielder John Obi Mikel.
The British media reported last week that Internazionale president, Erick Thohir, flew to London to watch Chelsea’s Uefa Champions League quarterfinal match against PSG at Stamford Bridge to monitor Mikel and a host of other Blues’ players.
It has also been reported that another Chelsea player Thohir is considering making a swoop for is Fernando Torres.
Other Premier League stars like Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko and Arsenal ace defender, Bacary Sagna, are also said to be on the Inter wish list.
So far, Inter have signalled their intent by securing the services of Nemanja Vidic from Manchester United who will be playing his football at the Giuseppe Meazza from next season.
Mikel, who has been consistently linked with a move to the Italian outfit, has lost his place in the Chelsea first team following the arrival of Serbian midfielder, Nemanja Matic, from Benfica in January.
Authoritative British newspaper, the London Evening Standard, insists that Inter Milan are ready to mount a £10-million summer move for Mikel.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has since revealed that he is looking to overhaul his squad during the coming transfer window and Mikel is believed to be among a host of top stars heading towards the exit door at Stamford Bridge.
“We want to improve the team and the players and make some surgical movements in the transfer window.
The newspaper further reported that the holding midfielder may well be tempted by a change of scenery and the chance to get his career back on track in Milan.
Mikel has been at Chelsea for eight years after arriving in controversial circumstances.
It was thought that the now 26-year-old was set to join Manchester United originally, but Mourinho’s side pounced to steal him away from Lyn Oslo in Norway after a compensation deal was settled between the three clubs.
Mikel has scored once in 22 league appearances for Chelsea this season.