Ivory Coast legend Salomon Kalou joins Botafogo

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On Thursday evening, the Brazilian outfit confirmed the signing of Côte d'Ivoire forward Salamon Kalou on a free transfer, just days after his contract with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin expired.

Kalou, who was part of Ivory Coast's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations winning side, arrives in Brazil with a wealth of experience to his name, having also previously starred in the Netherlands with Feyenoord, in France with Lille and in England with Chelsea. 

The announcement comes shortly after Botafogo was embroiled in a bitter transfer saga with countryman Toure, who reportedly reneged on an agreement to join the club in favour of a move elsewhere.

2. Didier Drogba - $98 Million (R1.8bn)
2. Didier Drogba - $98 Million (R1.8bn)
3. Yaya Toure - $80 million (R1.47bn)
3. Yaya Toure - $80 million (R1.47bn)
4. Emmanuel Adebayor - $50 Million (R918m)
4. Emmanuel Adebayor - $50 Million (R918m)
5. Mohamed Salah - $48 million (R881m)
5. Mohamed Salah - $48 million (R881m)
6. John Mikel Obi - $43 million (R789m)
6. John Mikel Obi - $43 million (R789m)
7. Sadio Mane - $38 million (R687m)
7. Sadio Mane - $38 million (R687m)
8. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - $35 million (R642m)
8. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - $35 million (R642m)
9. Michael Essien - $32 million (R587m)
9. Michael Essien - $32 million (R587m)
10. Asamoah Gyan - $30 Million (R550m)
10. Asamoah Gyan - $30 Million (R550m)
1. Samuel Eto'o – $140 million (R2.57bn)
1. Samuel Eto'o – $140 million (R2.57bn)

Toure was reported to have signed with rivals Vasco Da Gama instead, although more recent reports claim that the former Manchester City star is in talks over joining an Asian-based club.