Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has reunited with his former Chelsea teammate John Obi Mikel at Trabzonspor after signing a three-year deal with the Turkish side.
The 29-year-old, who scored 67 goals in 160 appearances for Liverpool, was released by the Reds in the summer after a six-year stay.
The former England international began his career at Manchester City before joining Chelsea in 2009.
Six-time Turkish champions Trabzonspor finished fourth in the league last season.
They face Greek side AEK Athens in the Europa League play-off round as they look to reach the group stages of the competition.
Trabzonspor are captained by former Bayern Munich and AC Milan midfielder Jose Sosa, while they also signed striker Alexander Sorloth on loan from Crystal Palace this season.
Sturridge spent six months on loan at Bolton during his time with Chelsea before making the move to Anfield, where he won the Champions League last season.
In July he was banned from playing football for two weeks and fined £75,000 after being found guilty of breaching betting rules.
He was given a six-week ban, four of which were suspended, and was free to play again on 31 July.
Mexico’s third tier club, Coyotes Tlaxcala, ‘court’ Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has been told how “handsome” he would look in the kit of a Mexican third tier side.
Coyotes Tlaxcala made the flirty transfer approach to the Juventus star on Twitter amid rumours over his future.
The team based in the state of Tlaxcala – just east of Mexico City – mocked up a picture of Ronaldo in their red camo style kit accompanied by a witty caption.
“Did you see how handsome you would look with the Coyotes, my commander @Cristiano Ronaldo?
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According to AS Sport, the German outfits wanted to take him on loan, but Barca are not interested in letting him go.
Ilaix Moriba is one of the most promising young people in Europe. Despite being a first-year youth, the midfielder has already established himself in the midfield of Garcia Pimienta’s Barça B and in the U-17 team.
Sports director Eric Abidal is very confident in the progression of the midfielder and wants him to be the leader of Barça B next season.
Man City goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, set to join Real Betis
Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is set to join La Liga side Real Betis, according to reports.
Bravo was one of Manchester City’s first signings for Pep Guardiola and the Chilean quickly replaced Joe Hart as the first-choice goalkeeper.
Brazilian international Ederson has emerged as the new number one, though Bravo managed 17 appearances last season.
The 37-year-old is wanted by new Real Betis manager Manuel Pellegrini, with Goal.com reporting that the ‘keeper is willing to take a paycut to facilitate a move.
Bravo is best known for his time in Spain as Barcelona’s goalkeeper when he shared duties with Marc-Andre ter Stegen before being forced into the reserve role.
The Chilean was also linked with moves to Arsenal, Celtic, Galatasaray and City-affiliated group New York City FC.
Bravo will remain with the club until the conclusion of their Champions League involvement, with the side due to play Lyon in Lisbon as part of UEFA’s mini end-of-season tournament.
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