Former Arsenal stars set up unlikely reunion, deals close - report
By Will Butcher
Former Arsenal duo Mathieu Flamini and Emmanuel Adebayor are set to sign for SuperLig side Caykur Rizespor, according to a report.
The Turkish side have agreed deals in principle with both players, after their contracts ran out at Arsenal and Crystal Palace.
In quotes published by the Daily Express, Rizespor coach Hikmet Karaman declared that the players will be travelling to the Turkish side soon to complete deals, as they set up an unlikely reunion for the pair at the ambitious side.
“We reached an agreement in principle with both players,” Karaman said. “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.”
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Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol also revealed via his Twitter account that Rizespor were closing in on the pair.
Turkish side Caykur Rizespor say they're close to signing ex Arsenal team-mates Emmanuel Adebayor & Mathieu Flamini https://t.co/3LYsqYQHdF
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 21, 2016
France international Flamini’s contract expired in July after his second spell at the North London side, in which he made 93 appearances in three seasons. The combative 32-year-old has made just short of 250 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 13 goals.
Striker Emmanuel Adebayor is also set to sign for the Turkish club, after his short-term deal with London neighbours Crystal Palace expired; manager Alan Pardew was unwilling to offer the striker an extended deal.
The two will join former Liverpool goalkeeper Charles Itandje at the Caykur Didi Stadyumu, as they look to better last season’s 13th-placed finish.
In other Arsenal transfer news, this centre-back could be set to join the Gunners following speculation.