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Daily transfer news and rumours roundup: 16th December, 2016

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John Obi Mikel
Is John Obi Mikel Italy bound?

Welcome to our daily transfer news roundup from across Europe. Arguably the biggest news of the day does not come from a player moving between clubs but of Spanish giants Barcelona tying one of their superstars down with a long-term deal.

Here are all the transfer news and rumours from December 16, 2016:

Serie A

Chelsea’s Johnn Obi Mikel is on Inter Milan’s radar

The Nerazzuri still consider Lassana Diarra as their prime target. But should they not be able to achieve that signing, they will turn their attention to Mikel. The Nigerian has barely played any football for Chelsea under Antonio Conte and has a Blues contract only until the end of this season. 

With Inter having creative players like Marcelo Brozovic and Joao Mario, adding Mikel to the squad would form a solid bedrock for those players to express themselves. 

According to Sky Italia though, Mikel could arrive at San Siro in a part-exchange deal that sees Brozovic heading the other way.

AC Milan to offer a new contract to Chelsea target

Giacomo Bonaventura will be offered a new deal by the Rossoneri in an attempt to fend off the advances of Chelsea. 

According to Calciomercato, Milan CEO Adriano Galliani will meet Bonaventura’s agent, Mino Raiola sometime this week to finalise the deal. In his current contract that runs until 2019, the former Atalanta man earns €1 million a year. Milan are prepared to offer up to €2.5 million a year. 


Bonaventura has two goals and five assists so far this season and has been one of Sinisa Mihajlovic’s biggest weapons this term.

Juventus to further dent Chelsea

In another dent to Chelsea’s transfer hopes after Bonaventura reportedly being offered a new contract, Juventus are set to take one more of their former manager Antonio Conte’s targets away from him. 

According to Mundo Deportivo, Sevilla’s Steven Nzonzi is on his way to the Italian champions. The same news was echoed in Italy’s Gazzetta Dello Sport.

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