Galatasaray is in discussions with Chelsea regarding a possible move for John Obi Mikel, the Turkish club's president has confirmed.

The Nigeria international has made over 277 appearances for Chelsea since arriving at the club back in 2006 in a protracted transfer saga involving Norwegian side Lyn and Manchester United.

However, speculation has mounted in recent weeks that the 26-year-old could be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho sets about reshaping his squad in his second spell as manager.

"We are interested in Mikel, and negotiations are under way," Aysal told Sabah.