New Trabzonspor signing John Mikel Obi has been handed the number 12 shirt at the Turkish Super League club.
His shirt number was revealed shortly after the former Chelsea player was unveiled at Turkey.
John Mikel Obi wore the same jersey number while he was with Premier League giants Chelsea.
The 32-year-old spent a decade as a Chelsea player.
The recently retired Super Eagles star joined Chelsea in 2006 from Norwegian club Lyn Oslo.
He has signed for Trabzonspor on a free transfer after being released from English Championship club Middlesbrough.
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Mikel Obi exited Boro after the short-term contract that he signed in January expired at the end of last season.
He wore jersey number 2 while he was at the Riverside Stadium.
John Mikel Obi retired from international football with the Super Eagles this summer shortly after leading the team to third place at the recently concluded African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Egypt.
He wore the jersey number 10 during his time with the Super Eagles and it was the same number he wore at Tianjin Teda FC of China which was where he spent two years from 2016 and 2018.
Mikel joined Tianjin Teda on a free transfer shortly after leaving Chelsea.
He has signed a two-year deal at Trabzonspor with the option of a third year.
Dean Henderson’s move confirmed, Sheffield seek replacement
The fact that Dean Henderson would me leaving Sheffield United has been confirmed but his destination is still unknown as a decision on his future has not been reached.
The Man United player has just ended his loan spell with Sheffield United at the Bramall Lane and not expected to return as he would be seeking a new challenge elsewhere.
Dean Henderson’s stay at the Old Trafford is also very unlikely as he would sit with the club to know the plans for him. He has stated clearly that he would not return to be a second goalkeeper and if that cannot be assured, he would seek a move without signing a new contract.
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West London outfit, Chelsea have already indicated an interest in the goalkeeper as they seek to part ways with Kepa Arrizabalaga over his poor performance, especially during the restart of the season.
However, Chelsea could make a bid for him if he is not assured of a first-team place ahead of Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, a wish that is very unlikely to be granted.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United are already preparing for life without Dean Henderson as they are reported to be planning a bid for Trabzonspor shot-stopper, Ugurcan Cakir who is valued at £20 million.
EPL: Arsenal’s “ruthless” decision to help transfer activities
North London outfit Arsenal are reported to have made a “ruthless” decision that is highly connected with their plans for the summer transfer window.
Just like every other club, the Gunners have been affected by the world pandemic but in the midst of this, they are suggested to be showing a big ambition to have new players join the team in the coming season.
The decision they have made to be able to have a financial balance is the sacking of 55 staff from the club, a decision some fans have criticized and described as being “ruthless”.
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Prominent on the list of those that have been shown the exit door at the Emirates Stadium in scout Francis Cagigao who has been very influential in the club.
The Daily Mail gave the 51-year-old the credit for discovering Cesc Fabregas, Gabriel Martinelli, and Hector Bellerin but his union with the Emirates Stadium has been put to an end.
Commentators have attributed this development by the North London club to their plans for the summer transfer window as they hope to bring in some quality players and will seek to fund the deals.
Top on the list of those expected to join the club are Thomas Partey, Philippe Coutinho and Willian.
EPL: Willian might have agreed with Arsenal, announcement imminent
Sky Sports report that Brazilian winger, Willian would be leaving West London outfit, Chelsea to join their London rivals, Arsenal this summer window.
The report also claimed that an agreement has been reached that will have the Brazilian winger receive more than the £100,000 weekly wage at the Emirates Stadium as well as the three-year-deal requested from the Blues team.
An emerging development seems to be confirming this report as a clip of Willian in Arsenal’s kit on the latest trailer for video games PES 21 was leaked.
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It would be recalled that the North London outfit had agreed on an official partnership with the Pro Evolution Soccer video game, which is a big rival to FIFA.
In the seven-second video, it says “new signing” as the introduction before showing Willian wearing the new Adidas strip and later showed a short clip of the Emirates Stadium saying “welcome to the Emirates.”
This remains a major hint and leads that something could be happening and a deal could be announced immediately the West London club are through with their Champions League campaign this season.
However, Mikel Arteta will hope his team benefit from the quality of the Brazilian international, and his experience will also help the younger players at the club.
EPL: United, Chelsea might yet face another transfer disappointment
Both Man United and Chelsea might face a very big summer transfer disappointment as they are set to fail in their bid to acquire the signature of Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.
Jack Grealish has been on the radar of both clubs even before the end of the season after helping his team to avoid relegation in their last game of the campaign.
He was tipped to leave Aston Villa for a new challenge with Man United leading in the race. It was claimed that after Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish is next on the list.
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Chelsea have also been keeping a tab on the player and were preparing a bid already for the summer transfer window.
However, Jack Grealish is set to stay with Aston Villa for more years with the Sun reporting that he would be handed a new bumper deal that will convince him of a stay.
The report claims that the deal will now have Jack Grealish earn £100 per week which is a very significant increase in his current deal with the club.
This development means that Man United and Chelsea will be left disappointed and will have to seek more options for a new midfielder to bolster their squad ahead of the coming season.
What Willian told friends favours Arsenal
North London outfit Arsenal have been favoured by the statement reportedly credited to Brazilian international and Chelsea winger, Willian on his wish for the future.
The West London outfit have been struggling to hand a new deal to the Brazilian but the terms have been the major challenge as the club have an existing policy for players who are above 30.
A number of clubs are already lined up for his services with Arsenal also indicating interests, alongside David Beckham’s Inter Miami with a bumper offer.
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Bur from emerging reports, Willian has already told his friends of his desire to stay in London and play under manager Mikel Arteta with Arsenal already willing to hand him the three-year-deal he is requesting.
Mikel Arteta sees investment in Willian on a free deal as a wise one as he could add to the attacking strength of the club as well as help younger players with his experience.
Chelsea are only willing to give the 31-year-old a two-year deal and that has been rejected which means he would be a free player in few weeks.
Meanwhile, manager Frank Lampard is making frantic efforts to convince the club hierarchy for a three-year-deal for the Brazilian winger and that has been difficult to achieve.
EPL: Man United goalkeeper to make exit decision after this ONE step
Man United’s hope of keeping Dean Henderson at the club for more years continues to dim as he is keen on playing the role of a first-choice goalkeeper in the coming season.
If the Red Devils will not promise him that singular condition, he would not be signing a new deal at the club and will seek to leave this summer transfer window.
Dean Henderson has gotten his confidence back and will not lack suitors especially after his impressive display with Sheffield in the just-concluded season on the loan spell.
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He is now ready to make a decision over his future and will hold showdown talks with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to know what the situation will be in the coming season to be able to make an informed decision on his future.
There have been suggestions that Man United are in search of a new goalkeeper with David De Gea giving a shaky performance, especially after the restart of the season.
However, Dean Henderson will no longer be a second goalkeeper to David De Gea or any other goalkeeper and will seek to leave.
West London outfit, Chelsea are very keen on the signature of Dean Henderson as they also seek to part ways with Kepa Arrizabalaga.
EPL: Arsenal urged to move in for Kante
One player that is a surprise on the exit list of West London outfit, Chelsea is N’Golo Kante with reports claiming that he could be leaving the club at the end of the season.
N’Golo Kante joined the Blues team after helping Leicester City win the English Premier League to become a star and important player at the Stamford Bridge.
The story began to change for the French player when former manager Maurizio Sarri joined Chelsea and brought in Jorginho to take the role previously handled by N’Golo Kante.
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It is yet, an unchanged story for the former Leicester City star as he has been battling for playing time under manager Frank Lampard. He is now tipped to leave the club this summer window.
However, Arsenal have been urged to move in for the World Cup winner as manager Mikel Arteta battles to add depth to his midfield. The Gunners are in the race for Atletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Partey but are yet to strike a deal.
There is no doubt that the Blues player will be a great addition to the North London outfit and his settling at the club will be easier than a player who has not been in London before. The only challenge might be in his weekly wage.
Things are good for me here, target sends a message to Arsenal, Chelsea
Both London clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea have indicated an interest in the signature of Matthias Ginter, from the German Bundesliga club, Borussia Monchengladbach.
The West London outfit was reported to be favourites ahead of the Gunners in the deal as they were ready to meet with the asking price but that the player is already rejecting any move away from Germany.
Matthias Ginter has, therefore, made his commitment to the Bundesliga outfit very public, insisting that eh would not be leaving the club any time soon.
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He told Kicker that he is aware of all the interests and speculations and is being flattered but that will not be enough to take him out of the club because Borussia Monchengladbach is enough for him.
Meanwhile, the Blues and the North London outfit are keen on defenders for the coming season as they hope to compete favourably in their various European competitions, the reason why Matthias Ginter is being considered.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is believed to have named the players that would be leaving the club this transfer window as he hopes to rebuild the team to get stronger in the coming season.
The defence is a major priority for the Spanish manager as well as the midfield department.