FC Dallas chief denies links to former Chelsea star Michael Essien

Michael Essien Real Madrid

FC Dallas never made a run at Michael Essien this month, according to club technical director Fernando Clavijo.

FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo has told the Dallas Morning News that there is no truth to the rumours linking the team with a move for AC Milan midfielder Michael Essien.

Essien, 32, joined Milan from Chelsea on a free transfer last winter, but has since struggle to break into the club’s line-up, making just five starts in nine appearances this season for a total of 456 minutes.

With his contract expiring in the summer, the Italian side are understood to be keen to offload the Ghana international this month, and Gazzetta dello Sport reported last week that initial talks had taken place with Dallas over a potential deal.

The fact that one of Essien’s representatives is Clavijo’s son served to further fuel that claim, but the former US international has now stressed that there is nothing to the growing rumours.

“No, it’s not accurate. No, it’s not at all,” he said. “We know Michael Essien of course. Everybody knows him, but we didn’t offer anything at all.”

Essien has also been linked with a shock Premier League return this month, with agent Fabio Piveteau revealing to Calciomercato.com that approaches from Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion have been turned down in recent weeks.

Instead, it appears that the ex-Blues star could be heading to Turkish outfit Istanbul Basaksehir, with Gianluca Di Marzio reporting that an offer is on the table and being considered.

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