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Botafogo dream of signing Chelsea legend Mikel John Obi — reports

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According to Yahoo! Brasil journalist Jorge Nicola, as well as LANCE! (via UOL) and Globo Esporte, Brazilian club Botafogo are interested in offering a contract to former Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi, bringing him to South American for the upcoming season.

Mikel has recently become a free agent after canceling his contract with Trabzonspor over concerns of the club’s (and the Turkish League’s) handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Since then, the Super Lïg season, like all football seasons around Europe, has been at long last suspended.

Botafogo, from Rio de Janeiro state, are known for signing big name stars both domestic and foreign. Several of Brazil’s World Cup champions from the 1950s until the 1970s played for them including Garrincha, Nílton Santos, Zagallo, Jairzinho and Gérson. More recently, they gained some international attention by signing Clarence Seedorf, the legendary former Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan midfield, who finished his career at the club.

This season, Botafogo have already recruited Japan legend Keisuke Honda, and made a play for Yaya Touré, although they failed to come to terms with the former Manchester City superstar. From those frustration apparently came the opportunity to talk with Mikel.

While talks are on hold for now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, once the crisis subsides, Botafogo is expected to continue to try to woo the Champions League-winner, who did make it clear that he wasn’t ready to retire after his Trabzonspor experience, but would perhaps like something a little close to his home in London.