Mikel is one of the Blues' longest-serving players but has made only one substitute appearance in the Premier League so far this season and could find his first-team opportunities restricted even more if Jose Mourinho gets his way.
...AS CHELSEA CONTINUE POGBA PURSUIT
Yes, you guessed it, the newspapers are once again full of 'updates' of Chelsea's apparent pursuit of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, with the Daily Mirror claiming they will make a new £70million offer for the 22-year-old before Tuesday's transfer deadline.
It has been widely speculated that Chelsea have received encouragement from Juve that a deal could be done in this transfer window - and the player will be offered £300,000 a week to move to Stamford Bridge, according to the tabloid.
After failing to agree terms with Tottenham defender Federico Fazio, who is now said to be a target for Everton, West Brom are 'closing in' on a deal to sign Jonny Evans from Manchester United, according to The Sun.
Albion do not want to pay much more than the £5million they had agreed to sign Fazio for, while United are looking for around £10million, but talks between the clubs are set to resume on Thursday, it is claimed.
There is likely to be a willingness on all sides to make the transfer happen, with Evans into the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and yet to appear this season.