Former Arsenal duo Matheiu Flamini and Emmanuel Adebayor are reported to have struck a deal with Turkish minnows Rizespor today according to the club manager Hikmet Karaman.
Adebayor left the Gunners in 2009 and had spells at Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, while Flamini left the Emirates earlier this summer after his deal expired having returned for a second spell with the Premier League giants.
“We reached an agreement in principle with both players,” Rizespor coach Hikmet Karaman told Anadolu Agency.
“They’ll come to Rize within a few days and the last step of negotiations are going to be done.
“This is down to everyone devotedly working to finish the deals, so I have to thank the board of directors and our president.”
The Express also report that the former Arsenal star players are set for a switch to Turkey.
Their choice of destination is interesting considering most high profile names end up at one of the Istanbul giants or Trabzonspor.
Rizespor are based on the rural Eastern Black Sea coast, far away from the glitz and glamour of Istanbul and the Turkish riviera.
The Super Lig outfit have already started printing club shirts with the duo’s name and number on the back in anticipation of Adebayor and Flamini joining.
Flamini scored 13 times and provided 10 assists in 242 appearances for Arsenal but was released by the club this summer after his contract ran down – something that probably did not go down well with his good friend Mesut Ozil.
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