John Obi Mikel Confirms Botafogo Interest

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Ex-Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has confirmed that he is in talks with Brazilian club Botafogo about a possible move to the Rio de Janeiro club.

A decision is expected to be reached between the club and player after an end to the coronavirus pandemic. Botafogo picked interest in the former Chelsea midfielder last month after aborting a pursuit of former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

It is claimed that the club has made an offer of 18 months to the player worth $2m.

The former Chelsea midfielder has confirmed that he is speaking with the Brazilian club with a view to joining them in the summer.

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“Yes, there has been an interest and yes there have been negotiations,” the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner told ESPN.

“But I don’t know yet. I am still thinking about it, not sure yet.”

Mikel last featured for Turkish side Trabzonspor after his contract was mutually terminated after voicing his disagreement with Turkish football authorities over playing football amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

Botafogo has already made one marquee signing this year, with Japanese playmaker Keisuke Honda joining on a free transfer in January.

Brazil’s major football competitions have been suspended since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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