It's certainly shaping up to be a busy month at Stamford Bridge. They have already brought in Nemanja Matic, and Bertrand Traore and Mohamed Salah looks set to be on his way from Basel. On the outgoings front Juan Mata should complete his move to Manchester United soon, but Michael Essien could finalise a deal to AC Milan even sooner.
BBC Sport said Essien will complete the deal subject to a medical. When Chelsea signed the Ghanaian in 2005, he was their record signing, joining from Lyon for £25 million. He was an instrumental figure as they won two Premier Leagues and four FA Cups with him in their side. AC Milan released the news on their website.
The 2011-2012 season was an injury hit one for Essien and the following season he spent on loan with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. With the 'Special One' returning to Stamford Bridge this season it was thought he might regain his place in the Chelsea side. He has only made five league appearances though and Jose is willing to let him leave. This is despite saying he hopes he will stay at the club.
Essien has had signinficant competition for a place in the first eleven, with Ramires, Jon Obi Mikel, David Luiz and Frank Lampard all preferred. Now with Matic returning to the club it looked as if Essien would be confined to a place on the bench at best.
He will join an AC Milan side currently struggling in Serie A. A European place is the target for them having fallen 30 points behind the leaders Juventus. Champions League qualification looks set to be too much of a target so it could be Europa League football at best for them next season.
Clarence Seedorf will try and get the best out of the current crop of players who are certainly underperforming at the moment, but we could be set for a huge turnaround at the San Siro as Seedorf makes his mark as manager.
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