There are conflicting reports coming from Turkey as to who was responsible for John Obi Mikel not moving to Besiktas from Chelsea on deadline day.
Besiktas club president Fikret Orman has rejected claims that it was Chelsea who pulled the plug on the £3.5million transfer and has insisted the Turkish club withdrew their offer due to the imminent return of midfielder Veli Kavlak.
“Mikel called us on the last day to say he accepted our offer but we had to weigh up Veli Kavlak returning in one-and-a-half months with paying out £3.5 million for Mikel so we pulled out of the deal,” Orman was quoted as saying by Radyospor.
His version of events clashes with agent Mesrin Izzet, who had initially stated it was Jose Mourinho that decided to keep the Nigerian midfielder at Stamford Bridge.
“Besiktas had initially agreed terms with Chelsea and Mikel but Jose Mourinho blocked the deal at the last minute,” Izzet told Radyospor.
Izzet also revealed that Besiktas could reignite their interest in the 28-year-old this January.
“Mikel could join Beşiktaş in January in-fact it would not be a surprise as he wants to play in Turkey and wants first team football,” he added.
Mikel still has two years to run on his current Chelsea contract but has managed just six minutes of action since the start of the season.