BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
Mikel Obi whose 15th anniversary of international appearance for Super Eagles falls on this date has signed for English Championship side, Stoke City.
International news agencies have it that the former Chelsea midfielder has arrived in Stoke for a medical as he nears return to English football after leaving Turkish side Trabzonspor on a free exit.
He was pictured arriving in Stoke as he is set to complete a medical ahead of his move to the Championship side.
The Nigerian midfielder is currently a free agent after leaving Turkish outfit Trabzonspor by mutual consent back in March.
Stoke, according to Daily News, have been in talks with Mikel for a couple of weeks and he is set to sign a one-year deal with the West Midlands club.
And a picture of the former Chelsea and Middleborough player was doing the rounds on social media as he headed to the club’s Clayton Wood training ground.
Mikel made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in an 11-year spell, which ended when he left Stamford Bridge in 2017.
He won the Champions League and Europa League, two Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and the League Cup with the London side.
After leaving Stamford Bridge he joined Chinese side Tianjin TEDA and had a brief spell at Middleborough in 2019.
Mikel played 23 times for Trabzonspor in the last year but he left the club days after expressing his concern that the Turkish Super Lig was continuing amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
Stoke are looking to strengthen their side after finishing 15th in the Championship under former Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill.
Mikel’s arrival at the club could be announced today and it would be their fourth signing of the summer.
So far this transfer window, they have already secured the signings of Morgan Fox, James Chester and Steven Fletcher on free transfers as O’Neill hopes to push the club closer towards the automatic promotion and playoff places this season.
CAREER CV AND HONOURS
· Lyn ( 2004-2005) – six appearances, one goal
· Chelsea (2006-2017) – 372 appearances, six goals
· Tianjin Teda (2017-2018) – 31 appearances, three goals
· Middlesbrough (2018-2019) – 19 appearances, one goal
· Trabzonspor (2019-2020) – 23 appearances
· Premier League – 2009-2010 and 2014-2015
· FA Cup – 2007, 2009 and 2012
· League Cup -2007
· Champions League – 2012
· Europa League – 2013