Report: Jose Mourinho wants reunion with Chelsea's John Obi Mikel... nearly 11 years after beating Manchester United to sign him

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho waves to the fans

The Manchester United manager reportedly wants the Chelsea man to free up Paul Pogba.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is eyeing a January reunion with the Chelsea midfielder he beat the Red Devils to sign in 2006, according to the Sun.

United announced the signing of John Obi Mikel on their official website, after a £4 million deal was struck with the Nigerian and his then club Lyn Oslo.

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel

Meanwhile, Chelsea claimed to have reached an agreement with Mikel's agents and ultimately landed him after paying United £12 million in compensation, with another £4 million going to the 29-year-old's old side.

But Mikel could finally become a United player in January, with the Sun reporting that Mourinho wants his former Chelsea lynchpin to free up £89 million summer recruit, Paul Pogba.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates scoring their first goal

Mikel, who is yet to feature for the Blues under new boss Antonio Conte, is out of contract in June and the Italian is said to have 'no plans' to renew his deal.

United have been tipped to shed Bastian Schweinsteiger from their ranks when the transfer window reopens, while another midfielder, Michael Carrick, is set to enter the final seven months of his deal.

Manchester United's Michael Carrick

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