*Updated 12-21-2013: 2:47 PST
On Saturday a picture surfaced with Obafemi Martins in Turkey.
Obafemı MARTINS pic.twitter.com/PhhDXp4SLS
— Koray Deniz (@KorayDeniz1960) December 21, 2013
There now looks to be some truth to the rumor he might not return to Seattle in 2014. The Sounder forward was quoted as saying he wanted to return to turkey and join up with his former coach as quoted in an interview with an Italian reporter earlier this fall.
Many dismissed it as it would be with his former coach, however if Martins is in Turkey, some will speculate where there is smoke there is fire.
There are also inference a transfer will be finalized in the next several days.
*A Turkish site lists Koray Deniz as the chairman of the transfer comittee of Rizespor.
* Another report with an un-named source “close” to Martins said the team and Martins have officially met.
Seattle spent over $4 million to get Martins from La Liga team Levante last spring, and would likely be looking to recoup it in any possible transfer to a foreign club.