Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has agreed personal terms with Dubai club Al Ain ahead of a summer exit, according to reports from the Express.
Mikel has struggled for regular playing time the past season as manager Jose Mourinho led the Blues to a Premier League title, and is now close to a move out of Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old may have personal terms sorted out, but Al Ain has yet to agree on a fee to facilitate the transfer.
This has therefore left a small window open for Turkish side Fenerbahce, who were thought to be close to signing the Nigeria international only a few days earlier.
But, according to Mikel’s agent, it will not be long before Chelsea and Al Ain finalize the switch.
His agent Babawo Mohammed said: “It is now left for Chelsea and the Dubai club Al Ain to agree on a transfer fee.”
Mikel joined Chelsea in the summer of 2006 from Lyn Oslo, but the move was surrounded in controversy with Manchester United thought to have initially signed the youngster.
Nine years on, Mikel will leave the club after winning two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one UEFA Cup, and one Champions League medal.