AC Milan consider Chelsea's forgotten man

New rumours in Italy suggest that AC Milan could launch a loan bid for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien before the winter transfer window closes.

Michael Essien has slipped down the pecking order at Chelsea but his career could receive a shot in the arm as Italian press reports insist that AC Milan could make a move for him.

Milan transfer guru Adriano Galliani has already delivered the signature of Japanese international Keisuke Honda this month.

But the Rossoneri have a lot of rebuilding to do having suffered a miserable start to the season that has left them as close to the relegation zone as they are to the Scudetto.

While Galliani may want to make several more signings, he has admitted that Milan's budget is limited, so a loan move for Essien could be a good option.

Essien has become a peripheral figure for Jose Mourinho and the 31-year-old wasn't even included in Chelsea's Champions League squad.

The player's agent has admitted that a January transfer is likely and Milan would be a good fit as he would be able to feature against Atletico Madrid.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Essien is a new target for Galliani who may make contact with Chelsea within the next few days to discuss the possibility of a deal.

Essien moved to Chelsea from Lyon in 2005 and has won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League - his experience could be extremely valuable for Milan.

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