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Roman Abramovich sent SIX cars to sign John Obi Mikel

Roman Abramovich sent SIX cars to sign John Obi Mikel”

The schoolboy was involved in one of the craziest transfer tussles in history when he was in the middle of a tug-of-war between Manchester United and Chelsea.

Such was his impact at United, despite being the tender age of 15, captain Roy Keane protected him from big tackles in training and then, along with other senior figures including Paul Scholes, urged Ferguson to sign him for the club.

I started in one vehicle, then the drivers would talk to each other and suddenly I was dropped off and then picked up by another auto.

"It was crammed with $70,000 and he offered me that to sign some contract before adding: "Sign here and you'll get a lot more". It was like a military operation, ' Mikel said during an interview with the Sun.

Used to being in demand, Mikel's world soon went from the insane to the downright surreal.

"I can't remember what club he claimed to represent - but I do remember the briefcase".

After announcing Chelsea was the club he wanted to play for, the Blues subsequently had to pay United £12m in compensation to acquire the player's services.

"Some things he told me made me think about changing my mind but I was thinking about Jose, too".

Mikel goes on to say how Ferguson continued to tempt him to Old Trafford.

"Fergie told me: "Why would you turn down United? You are going to play for this club and you are going to be rich".

Events were, however, to take a stunning twist as Mikel travelled to London to meet with Chelsea amid reports in Norway that he had been kidnapped.

Mikel signed a provisional deal with United in 2005 when he was playing for Norwegian side Lyn Oslo only to end up signing for Roman Abramovich's Chelsea, where he became one of the club's most decorated players, in 2006.

In weird circumstances, Mikel ended up signing for league rivals Chelsea when he became of the most decorated players in the club's history.

Mikel saw his decision vindicated by a productive 11-year stint with Chelsea.

The 30-year-old's trophy cabinet boasts a Champions League, Europa League, two Premier League, four FA Cup and two League Cup medals.



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