Brazilian club to move for Mikel

Brazilian club to move for Mikel
John Obi Mikel of Nigeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Nigeria Press Conference at the Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria on the 21 June 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Thursday Apr 02, 2020. 09:02

Brazilian club side Botafogo have reportedly expressed interest in signing John Obi Mikel.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Brazilian side are in talks with the Nigerian midfielder who is currently a free agent after leaving Trabzonspor last month.

Mikel reportedly cut ties with the club after the Turkish Super Lig continued as normal despite the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has claimed over 47 000 lives worldwide.

The 32-year-old made a name for himself at Chelsea for whom he played for over a decade before stints at Tianjin Teda in China and in the English Championship with Middlesbrough.

Mikel has won several trophies in a glittering career including the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, two English Premier League titles and one UEFA Champions League crown with the Blues.

Botafogo currently boast former Japan international Keisuke Honda on their books while Yaya Toure was a reported transfer target for the Brazilian club earlier this year.

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