The Times’ Transfer Toss: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea)

“Chelsea also have an abundance of central midfield players and, given the club’s desire for self-sufficiency, John Obi Mikel would have to be sold to make room for Alonso. The Nigeria midfield player has only one year left on his contract and has yet to be offered another.” – July 22, 2009.

“John Obi Mikel, the Chelsea midfielder, has signed a five-year contract with the club. The deal will keep the Nigerian international at Stamford Bridge until 2014… Mikel, who started the friendly match against Inter Milan in Los Angeles this morning, will be looking to build upon a successful 2008-09 season which saw him make 34 Premier League appearances and help Chelsea win the FA Cup.” – TJuly 23, 2009.