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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 May 2006, 10:01 GMT 11:01 UK
Obi 'to sign for Chelsea'
John Mikel Obi
Obi is set to join Premiership champions Chelsea
The bitter fight between Chelsea and Manchester United for John Mikel Obi's signature could be over "within days".

The Nigerian teenager is set to sign a three-year deal with the English Premiership champions.

The 18-year-old midfielder has been at the centre of a protracted tug-of-war between Chelsea and United.

But a source close to Obi's camp has told BBC Sport that Obi's future will be resolved when he signs a US$15m contract with Chelsea.

This follows months of tortuous negotiations between Chelsea and United over the future of one of the most talented players to emerge from Africa in recent years.

Obi signed for United back in April 2005 from Norwegian side Lyn Oslo but within days, his agent claimed the contract was signed under duress and should be ruled null and void.

The Nigerian youngster then refused to move to Old Trafford and said he wanted to play for big-spending Chelsea instead.

Negotiations have rumbled on for months, but it is now believed that Chelsea have won the battle to sign the Nigerian international.

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