Footballer’s moving to China has become the trend and Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel has not been left out as the Chelsea midfielder joined Tianjin TEDA
The Chinese club, REDA offered the Super Eagles captain a £140,000-per-week deal, to see off competition from Marseille and Valencia, who were also interested in getting the player.
Mikel, had been out of Chelsea’s first team this season since the arrival of N’Golo Kante, and keen competition with the likes of Nemanja Matic, Nathaniel Chalobah and Cesc Fabregas.
The 29-year-old underwent a medical on Thursday as he prepared to become the second player to swap West London for the Far East, following Oscar who has signed for Shanghai SIPG.
Reports have it that Mikel had held talks with Valencia, while Marseille and Inter Milan also showed interest.
His 11 years spell at Stamford Bridge since joining Chelsea has been rewarding having won the Champions League, two Premier League titles and four FA Cups.