Essien agent: 'No bids have arrived from Italy, but...'

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Michael Essien’s agent has says that he hasn’t received any offers for his client from Serie A.

The Ghanaian has been heavily linked with a departure from Stamford Bridge this January - having clocked just 146 minutes of Premier League action this term.

A key piece of Jose Mourinho’s Blues squad during the Portuguese’s first stint in West London, the 31-year-old looks a shell of his former self in having minimal impact this time around.

As such representative Fabien Piveteau previously admitted that Essien could be on his way out the door by the end of the month.

AC Milan were cited as prime suitors for the former Lyon man – whilst on Thursday morning The Sun contended that Napoli had made an enquiry regarding the midfielder.

Piveteau has now maintained that not a single bid emanating from Italy has been received thus far – though cryptically revealed offers from other divisions have come in.

“Napoli have not made a bid for Essien,” he told Calciomercato.

“Also Milan have never made an offer for my client – the same goes for all the other clubs in the Italian top flight.

“I received many proposals from teams of other leagues, but not from Italy – though I cannot reveal what clubs.”

At the weekend Piveteau suggested Italy is a real possibility for Essien, and despite his latest statements, there’s truly no reason to believe that such has changed.

Napoli are reportedly engaged in talks for Hellas Verona’s Jorginho and Etienne Capoue of Tottenham – so their attention may be fixated elsewhere – but Milan seem to remain a feasible option.

Clarence Seedorf has just taken over from the deposed Massimiliano Allegri and is believed to be on the market for a midfielder to bolster his squad.

As for the offers from elsewhere - we’ll have to wait and see - what remains clear is that Essien will likely be packing his bags for a new adventure by month’s end.

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