Botafogo are banking on experience from Europe in front of the start of the Brazilian Série A, which has been postponed until further notice for now.
After things did not work out with Yaya Touré, John Obi Mikel – who recently became a free agent – emerged as a prime target for the spot in central midfield now, as Brazilian media reports.
The former Super Eagles skipper confirmed talks, speaking to ESPN.
“Yes there has been interest and yes there has been negotiations. But I don’t know yet. I am still thinking about it. Not sure yet,” the Nigerian is quoted.
ESPN and Yahoo reporter Jorge Nicola broke news about talks between Mikel and Botafogo first. Globo Esporte confirmed them shortly after. Both parties are understood to be close to an agreement in general – the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic in South America is currently preventing a deal, however.
Mikel is on the market for free since mid-March. The 32 year old played for Trabzonspor most recently. After Turkish football was reluctant to postpone matches for a long time, Mikel voiced public criticism. The club from the Black Sea coast terminated the contract with the Nigerian midfielder as a result.