Super Eagles and Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi is attracting interest from Serie A giants Inter Milan.
According to dailymail.co.uk, the former serie A champions hope to sign Mikel as back-up in case they fail to sign Felipe Melo from Galatasaray.
Mikel struggled to make an impact for the EPL champions last season following the brilliant form of fellow holding midfielder Nemanja Matic.
Blues boss Mourinho is keen to try and keep Mikel, but knows it will be hard to try and persuade the 28-year-old to settle for a place on the bench at Stamford Bridge.
Mikel missed a large chunk of Chelsea's Premier League title winning season between February and April after undergoing knee surgery, but remains one of the west London club's most experienced players having signed from Lyn Oslo in 2006.
And the fact that Chelsea midfielder Ramires looks set to sign a new contract with the club makes Mikel's position slightly more unstable.Watch The Premier League Live!! with EXPRESSVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN