The Nigerian veteran is expected to leave Chelsea next week and has been linked with China’s Shanghai SIPG.
However, a source close to Mikel told Foot Mercato: “The discussions are going well, he is very interested in the project of Olympique Marseille.
“The discussions we had with Andoni Zubizarreta and the president of the Olympique de Marseille were constructive. The schedule for the moment is to pass the Boxing Day and the holidays. A decision will then be taken.
“The exotic championships is really the option number X. The priority is Europe. He knows he still has the level and a reputation to play for many big clubs. Inter were an example and there is little more.”