Transfer: John Mikel Obi is keen to sign the EPL giants

John Obi Mikel is now on the verge of joining English club Stoke City


Stoke City want the Nigerian star in their fight to return to the Premier League

Mikel has played for Chelsea where he won two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge

Championship side Stoke City are reportedly on the verge of signing former Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel who is currently a free agent after leaving the Turkish League.

The African Nations Cup winner left Trabzonspor in March this year and has been looking for another topflight side since then.

And according to the report on BBC, John Obi Mikel and Stoke City have been having discussions over a possible move which is expected to be done next week.

Mikel is not a newcomer in the English football considering how he succeeded while playing for Premier League side Chelsea.

Mikel won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, the Champions League and Europa League during his 11-year stay at Stamford Bridge.

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In the national team, John Obi Mikel played 89 games for the Super Eagles and featured at two World Cups for Nigeria and also won the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

He announced his retirement from the Super Eagles after the 2019 African Cup of Nations where Nigeria won bronze in the championship held in Egypt.

Earlier, had reported how John Obi Mikel denied reports purportedly linking him with the Biafra agitation in Nigeria as some sections of the media claim, saying he never spoke to anyone.

A report had surfaced in the media purportedly linking the former Super Eagles captain with Biafra agitation, a report the player branded ‘dumb’ and ‘malicious’.

Top fascinating facts about Odion Ighalo: transfers, stats, net worth, and family In a recent interview, the former Chelsea star expressed disappointment with the ‘fake news’ saying he was shocked to see such a report, adding that he would never get himself involved in political matters.

Before joining the Super Eagles to 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where they won bronze at the end of the championship, he spent six months at Middlesbrough and became the fans’ delight.