Arsenal currently lead the race to sign the France international, with Arsene Wenger confident the 25-year-old wants a move to north London this summer.
But Chelsea’s potential offer could prove more tempting for Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, who may feel the experienced Mikel could be the ideal replacement for Schneiderlin.
The 27-year-old has been with Chelsea since 2006 and has made 329 appearances for the Blues, scoring five goals in the process.
But the Nigeria international’s game-time at Stamford Bridge has been limited this season due to the options Jose Mourinho has at his disposal.
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