Former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi nearly joined the Canada Premier League side FC Edmonton.
DiegwuSports understands that talks between Mikel Obi and FC Edmonton were in advanced stage until the Canadian government issued an indefinite ban for international travelers from entering Canada due to the COVID-19.
According to a source very close to the Mikel camp, both parties were very willing to make the deal happen and the Canadian Premier League Board was ready to sanction the transfer before the travel ban was announced.
Mikel Obi was to be assigned the last foreign designated spot on the FC Edmonton 2020 rooster as the side had already signed 6 foreign players.
FC Edmonton made contact with Mikel a few weeks after he left Trabzonspor after saying he did not feel comfortable with top-flight games in Turkey being played despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Although DiegwuSports understands that Mikel’s preferred destination at the time was Botafogo FC but the Nigerian and the Brazilians were far apart in terms of weekly wages.
However, Mikel abandoned negotiations with Botafogo after the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in Brazil.
FC Edmonton is still interested in bringing Mikel to the CPL for the 2021 season and are currently trying to have a deal in principle with the former Super Eagles captain to that effect.
Should the deal to FC Edmonton have gone through, Mikel Obi would have been the 1st high profile signing in the Canadian Premier League.
Last season FC Edmonton coached by Jeff Paulus had an average season as they came 3rd on the CPL Spring season table, then came 6th during the Fall season.