Mikel Obi is ready to reject the N82m (£170,000) offered by Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG managed by his former boss, André Villas-Boas.
The offer from the Chinese club is £100,000 more than his current wage at Chelsea but Mikel rejected the deal as he wants to remain in Europe.
Mikel prefers a move to France to play for Marseille who are ready to pay him his current wage at Chelsea.
He wants to play in a competitive league and add to his medal collection rather than moving to China for the money and play in a weaker league. The report also states that the midfielder wants to remain in Europe because of his young family in London. Mikel and his partner Olga Diyachenko have twin daughters, Ava and Mia.