Norwich City and Sheffield United are in talks to sign John Obi Mikel from Middlesbrough this summer. John Obi Mikel could reportedly be offered a Premier League return after leaving Middlesbrough with Norwich and Sheffield United both interested in his services.
The experienced midfielder returned to England after two years in the Chinese Super League in January, joining Tony Pulis’s side on a short-team deal which has now expired with the Championship season coming to an end.
And, with Boro missing out on the playoffs, it looks as if Mikel has played his final game for the club although the 32-year-old has made it clear that he plans to stay in England.
“This (England) is where I want to be, I want to be closer to home, I want to be near my family, so we’ll see what happens. I have a few options here and there, you never know in football,” the former Chelsea star told the Gazette last week.
And he could be offered a return to the Premier League with newly promoted duo Norwich and Sheffield United apparently vying to sign Mikel on a free transfer.
The two-time Premier League winner would provide plenty of top-flight nous for a Norwich or Sheffield United side who are certainly short of proven performers in England’s first division. And Mikel showed during his short time at the Riverside that he still has plenty to offer at the highest level of football.