Chelsea Close On £11m De Rossi As John Obi Mikel Looks Set For Exit

By on July 13, 2013

With Chelsea set to swap John Obi Mikel for Daniele De Rossi, writer Rayyan Dabbous looks at the two players and assesses how the Blues could line-up next season.

According to the Mirror, Jose Mourinho is closing in on Chelsea’s prime midfield target Daniele de Rossi, with AS Roma having already found a replacement in PSV Eindhoven’s Kevin Strootman who’s set to join the Serie A outfit.

The report claims that Chelsea are in the final stages of negotiations to secure the services of De Rossi for a fee in the region of £11m, with the midfielder set to sign a four-year deal worth £110,000-a-week. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel is ready to part ways with the London club with Monaco, Galatasaray and Trabzonspor all showing interest in the Nigerian midfielder.

Both De Rossi and Mikel have similar roles for their current clubs: orchestrate the play, screen the defense and occasionally provide an extra man in attack.

Daniele de Rossi has been serving Roma for more than 10 years: earning the nickname “Capitan Futuro” (Future Captain) due to his high probability as heir-apparent to Francesco Totti’s captain armband. He is a five time Serie A runner up, a World Cup winner and was named Italian Footballer of the Year in 2009. The 29 year old is recognized as a complete midfielder and he is highly rated, with Real Madrid and Manchester City both showing interest in him over the past couple of years.

Although John Obi Mikel is somewhat an underrated footballer, his notable achievements speak for themselves. The 26 year old has featured for The Blues in more than 250 games: lifting the Premiership trophy in 2010 and winning 4 FA Cup trophies.

He was also part of Chelsea’s successful back-to-back European title wins in 2012 and 2013 and he has been named Chelsea Young Footballer of the Year twice in 2007 and 2008. On the international stage, John Obi Mikel has proved to be a ruthless leader: helping his national team clinch the African Cup of Nations title. He was also named Man of the Match in the Final against Burkina Faso.

Chelsea are set to acquire the Italian’s services at the expense of John Obi’s departure. But in my opinion, I think they should sign De Rossi but also keep hold of Mikel. They could form a formidable midfield partnership at Stamford Bridge and possible be the basis of another Jose Mourinho title-winning team.

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What do Chelsea fans think; should the club sell Mikel and bring in De Rossi? Or is there room for both? Get involved in the comments section.

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111 Comments

  1. George ugwu

    July 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

    It looks naïve for mou in his effort to sell mikel who is 26 and bring in De Rossi who will be 30 this year,again,mou should be very cearful cus if he fails in chelsea as he did in Madrid,then history will rubbish him.,up chelsea,Abramovich lives!

  2. Mighty sunny

    July 14, 2013 at 10:28 am

    @Micheal u are stupid and nonsence human…who and who z better dan mikel in cfc?if u dont no what to say u better keep quit

  3. Wilson A.

    July 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Live mikel alone, no need 2 sell him! Luk at his impact 4 nation cup then let compare hs age to dat de rossi.

  4. peter itiemoghan

    July 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

    mikel is a perfect player.to me is not wise to sell him radar keep him and bring in whoever mou wants to include in the quad

  5. suleiman samuel

    July 14, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Ȋ̝̊̅§ mou tinkin of †ђε̲̣̣̣̥ future or want †̥o̅ impress us nw.Mikel jst nids more confidence dats all I see him scorin goals.j̲̥̅̊u̶̲̥̅̊s̶̲̥̅̊t̲̥̅̊
    Kip him Mou.remember †ђε̲̣̣̣̥ word ‘Flop’ Fø̲̣̣я̅ derossi j̲̥̅̊u̶̲̥̅̊s̶̲̥̅̊t̲̥̅̊
    Incase.

  6. Frederick of Makurdi

    July 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Lets acept d wonderful player dat Mikel is. I mean y are we 4getin a midfida dat doesnt tolerate world’s recongnised Xavi wen it comes 2 holdin d midfid. Its a big mistake 2 sell Mikel.

  7. prince

    July 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    that should be unwise of him to let go of a very young player that needed more time to develop,instead of talking about and elder stateman who’s on his 30’s.for me the both pathnernship will be gud for chelsea.instead of taking a foolish discision in selling him.

  8. ben

    July 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

    mikel is a fine player he shld remain in chelsea

  9. eazy

    July 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Leav mikel alone in the club for future use Ω̴̴̩̩̩̥̩̩ buy de rossi too and use them for the betterment of our club. Up blues up mou

  10. agosu jidenu

    July 14, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Mikel should remain @ chelsea and patner him with De Rossi. It’ll be a good combination. Pls let Mikel alone

  11. Gab

    July 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    We are underrating Mikel, Chelsea have been buying players all these years yet he makes it to first team. They should live mikel alone, he is a player that plays with a lot of senses.

  12. agosu jidenu

    July 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Mikel should remain @ chelsea and patner him with De Rossi. It’ll be a good combination.

  13. jeff

    July 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Let mikel forge ahead in life see the role mikel played in the confedrations cup it makes me remember mikel of 2005 afterall chelsea wil never play him in that role enough of chelsea killing this young man’s’potential let him and go to a club where he wil express his natural potential. Mikel is time to leave chelsea.

  14. joel

    July 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Mou shld nt mek mistak of selin mikel who stablizes chelsea’s midfield when going gets tough instead, two shld be paired 4 de betrment of de club.up blues com this season.

  15. wole cement

    July 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Please live mikel alone mr mafia. Is very bad in mourinho career to not develop any player live mikel before you get sack

  16. christopher

    July 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Mou should not even dare sell john mikel obi, what’s mou thinkin. Mikel is a fantastic player, well if u stil insist of letting him go no problems. But dont forget you were the one that spoilt mikel’ s career. Am begining to hate you now special one

  17. Banas624

    July 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Wel i tink Mou shld nt tink of sellin Mikel cos he is very vital in cfc midfield n he is stil young. I dnt tink we stil nid anoda midfielda cos there’s more dan 8 midflda in d club now we shld b tuking abt cohesion in d squard n blendin dem to b more tactical playin wit cnfidence n clinical in goal.

  18. Nwa jesus

    July 16, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Mikel is underrated in cfc yet he is instrumental to al her achievements since his arrival.mou tak ur time o

  19. Bob V Anumiri

    July 17, 2013 at 8:39 am

    pls jose live Mikel alone for us we d chelsea supporters we need him in that squad pls, if u av to bring in de rossi is nt a prblm, but for u to sale him Mikel for de rossi is nt worth it sir. Think abt d age first den remember is this sem Mikel that u denid man utd off… Pls kip him for us ur fans

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