I first read the John Obi Mikel to Galatasaray rumours a week ago on a little known South African website called MTN Football who exclusively revealed the news.
They said a source in Turkey had informed them that the Turkish outfits sporting director Bulent Tulun was in London talking to the hierarchy at Chelsea about brokering a deal.
I didn’t truly give the story the respect it deserved - I hadn’t heard of the site before but now the national papers have picked up on the story and it seems to be gaining more credence.
The original report did also mention one massive stumbling block in any apparent deal - Mikel currently has a contract until 2017.
With that in mind how will Gala be able to afford the Nigerian?
The club have surprised many in the past with their recent ability to lure big names to Istanbul; but could they use one of them to lower the cost of the Chelsea midfielder?
One of those big names was Didier Drogba; rumoured to be one of the main reasons Mikel could consider the move to the Turkish champions.
The other was Wesley Sneijder.
Recently Sneijder admitted he was still in regular contact with current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho; with whom he became one of the world’s greatest players during the pairs partnership at Inter Milan.
Today Sneijder ruled out the move; suggesting he owes a lot to Gala after they pursued him so passionately in the winter.
But Gala owe nothing to Sneijder and for all his excellence being able to bring in Mikel; a player much the junior could be good business.
And you can be sure about one thing; if Galatasaray are genuinely coming knocking for Mikel this summer Mourinho will be asking the question;
‘’What about Sneijder?’’
Sure Sneijder says he has no desire to leave the club but if the opportunity to reignite the successful relationship he had with Mourinho was to rear its head that may just change that perspective slightly.
And if it were to lower the price for Mikel Gala may themselves be intrigued to progress.
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