John Mikel Obi’s agent John Shittu has told The Sun there is plenty of interest in the Nigerian midfielder ahead of the January transfer window.
Mikel, who has been at Chelsea for almost a decade, is not expected to be offered a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
His current deal expires in the summer and there have been reports that he will be allowed to leave if an offer comes in next month.
Mikel, 29, has been touted for a possible move to China, while Shittu claims there are clubs in the UK as well as Italy, Germany and Spain that have declared an interest.
“It’s very likely he will leave Chelsea in January. There are many teams interested in the player,” Shittu said.
“In the past we spoke with Inter Milan but now there are a lot of Italian clubs that want him. I will not reveal the names, but there are other Italians teams on his trail.
“And beware: even in UK, Spain, Germany and even in China know the value of the player and requested information about him.”
Meanwhile, The Sun also reports that Chelsea are not pursuing a deal to sign Real Madrid’s Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez, who has been consistently linked with a move.