Globo Esporte says the Rio de Janeiro club is set to sign to Mikel Obi after failing to agree on a deal with Manchester City legend, Yaya Toure. Mikel is free to join a new club after terminating his contract with Turkish Super Lig club, Trabzonspor, last month. The Chelsea icon was pleased with the approach from Botafogo but talks have slowed down in recent days because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 32-year-old was an important player at Trabzonspor, making 19 league appearances and helping them to the top of the standings before the Super Lig was postponed by the Turkish Federation.
Botafogo, which is one of the oldest club in the brazillian league, is regarded as a sleeping giant with their last national title won in 1995. Apart from being a former Chelsea star, Mikel is well known to Brazilian fans, having represented the country at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup held in the South American country.
Recall that Mikel has played at 2 Fifa World Cup tournaments in 2014 and 2018, won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and later guided the national team to a third-place finish at Afcon 2019 in Egypt.