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Colin UdohSpecial to ESPN
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John Obi Mikel is closing in on a return to the Premier League with an origin telling ESPN FC that the former Chelsea star is thinking of a number of offers from all over the league and may make a decision before heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations using Nigeria.
Mikel, 32, left Chelsea to a free transfer for Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League in 2017 after spending 10 years with the Blues but returned to England two seasons afterwards on a brief term deal with Middlesbrough.
With Boro’s time over and no promotion, a source close to the Nigeria global said he has received multiple offers to go back to the Premier League, including newly-promoted Norwich and Sheffield United.
“There are a few options right now, and some more we expect to see within the coming days,” the source told ESPN FC. “After all of the options are on the table, he will earn a choice.”
That choice is likely to be created prior to the Africa Cup of Nations Finals.
Mikel has only been remembered to the Nigeria squad following almost one year outside, and is forecast to lead his country to the Africa Cup of Nations finals.
“He can most likely make the choice prior to the finals, though that will depend on what is on the table,” the source added.