Mourinho's 'son' close to Chelsea exit - with financial incentive...

Michael Essien

According to the Italian press, Michael Essien is close to joining AC Milan.

The 31-year-old has been heavily linked with a departure from Stamford Bridge this January, having barely featured since returning from a loan spell with Real Madrid.

Just 149 minutes of Premier League football has seen the Ghanaian out of favour with boss Jose Mourinho, once a crucial cog under the Portuguese in his previous reign in West London.

Clarence Seedorf has taken over for the deposed Massimiliano Allegri and is believed to be keen to bolster his midfield options, particularly with Essien.

According to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, the midfielder’s entourage – including agent Michael Piveteau – are currently in Milan for negotiations.

Di Marzio has maintained that the Rossoneri are hoping to swiftly conclude a deal for the veteran Chelsea man, spurred into action by Wednesday’s Coppa Italia elimination at the hands of Udinese.

The Metro have claimed that Essien expressed hesitance to move to San Siro earlier in the week as Mourinho sanctioned the move, put off by an anticipated pay decrease.

However, it appears that Chelsea are prepared to cut a deal with the forgotten midfielder to secure his departure – paying out half of the €5m currently owed to him as an incentive to move on.

Essien would be eligible play for Milan in the Champions League should the deal go through – not having performed for the Blues – a crucial draw for Milan given his wealth of experience.

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