Mikel has made a hitlist: Chelsea may transfer him to China.
Mikel is the latest Chelsea player to be targeted for transfer by wealthy clubs in the Chinese Super League.
Ramires joined Jiangsu Suning for £25m in January, while Oscar and Radamel Falcao have also been subject of offers this year, which were rejected by the club and player respectively.
It is understood that at least three teams are looking into the possibility of buying Mikel, including Jiangsu and Shanghai SIPG, who have former England coach Sven Goran Eriksen as manager.
The Nigeria international's current contract at Chelsea has just over a year left to run and the club are prepared to give him an extension.
However, Mikel, who has been at Stamford Bridge for a decade, is going to take time to weigh up his options.
He is currently paid in excess of Â£70,000-a-week, but can earn far more if he makes the switch to the Far East.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed a renaissance under interim manager Guus Hiddink having become a fringe member of the squad under Jose Mourinho.
He has been left out only three times since the Dutchman took over in December and the midfielder's return has been welcomed by many of the fans.
Mikel is now Chelsea's second longest-serving player behind captain John Terry, who is set to leave at the end of the campaign, in the current squad.