Turkish Super League club Caykur Rizespor’s manager Hikmet Karaman has confirmed the club have ”agreed a deal in principle” to sign Emmanuel Adebayor and Mathieu Flamini.
The two former Arsenal players are currently free agents with Flamini being linked with a move to Leeds United earlier in this window.
Karaman revealed to reporters after his club drew 1-1 against Atiker Konyaspor in the opening game of Turkish Super League: ”We have to be active in the transfer market. I told our president if we can manage to sign one or two quality players then we’ll have a great chance to qualify Europa League.”
Adebayor and Flamini are free agents after their contracts with Crystal Palace and Arsenal expired respectively. Rizespor’s officials travelled to England yesterday with a purpose to finalise deals for both players. Karaman also said both players will arrive at Rize in the coming days, and sign a contract.
Rizespor are short of strikers after they’ve failed to sign highly rated Iranian Mehdi Taremi, and they will be hoping Adebayor will help them solve the situation. Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor scored only one goal for Crystal Palace last season in 12 games.
Flamini was very reliable for Wenger but after signing of Xhaka and El-Neny there was no room for him at Arsenal. The Frenchman was linked with a move to Leeds United this summer because Garry Monk wanted to bring in an experienced midfielder, but other personnel arrived at Elland Road.