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Ex-Chelsea midfielder Mikel mulling Botafogo move

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-04-09 11:32

RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has confirmed that he is in talks with Botafogo about a possible move to the Rio de Janeiro club.

Botafogo began sounding out the Nigerian's representatives last month after aborting a pursuit of former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

"Yes there has been interest and yes there have been negotiations," Mikel told ESPN. "But I don't know yet. I am still thinking about it. Not sure yet."

Mikel, 32, is a free agent after parting ways with Turkey's Trabzonspor last month.

Botafogo have 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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