Michael Essien could join AC Milan on loan

[one_fourth last=”no”]File:AC Milan.svg[/one_fourth]AC Milan are set to make a move for Chelsea’s out of favour defensive midfielder Michael Essien. Since returning to the Blues last summer Essien has struggled to break into first team squad at Stamford Bridge, making just 4 Premier League appearances this season.

The 31-year-old spent last season with current Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, the Ghanaian signed a season-long loan deal with the club at the start of the season and would go on to make 20 league appearances at the Bernabeu, scoring 2 goals. AC Milan are seeking a similar deal and will look to take Essien on loan for the remainder of the season with a possibility of a permanent transfer at the end of the loan.

AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani admitted that he is keen to add another midfielder to the squad at the San Siro and he is specifically looking for a player who would be eligible to play in the Champions League competition. Essien has so far failed to clock a single minute in the competition for Chelsea and would therefore be available for Milan.

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Sulley Muntari and Riccardo Montolivo will be banned for AC Milan’s Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid and Galliani hinted recently that Essien would be the perfect signing saying: “Having Muntari and Montolivo banned in the Champions League (against Atletico Madrid) it is clear that if a new player will come he should be able to play in the Champions League.”

Essien’s agent also confirmed a move is close: “It’s true that he could leave Chelsea this winter. Several big European clubs playing in the Champions League have made enquiries and it should play out in the next 10 days or so. Michael wasn’t included in Chelsea’s list of players for European competition, so he’s free to play in the Champions League with another club.”

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