Amid ongoing speculation surrounding his future, Michael Essien’s agent has admitted to itasportpress.it that the AC Milan midfielder is after a move to MLS.
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 up in the summer, the Italian giants are keen to offload the Ghana international this month, with representative Fabio Piveteau revealing to Calciomercato.com last week that the chance of a shock Premier League return has been turned down following approaches from Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion.
"Essien will not play in the Premier League for any club other than Chelsea, his former team," he said. "We had offers from West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers but we refused."
Instead, the US has been mooted as the favoured option and, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, initial talks have taken place with FC Dallas over a potential stateside switch.
FCD technical director Fernando Clavijo, whose son is among Essien’s entourage, has since denied those claims, but agent Fabrizio Ferrari has stressed that his client is more than interested in taking his career across the Atlantic.
“There are several solutions, but there have been no real negotiations,” he said. “USA? That would be a more than welcome goal for us."
However, Essien is said to be considering other options on the table at present, with Gianluca Di Marzio reporting that a lucrative offer from Turkish outfit Istanbul Basaksehir is among them.
Once considered the game’s top midfield enforcer, the former Chelsea favourite has failed to return to his old self since suffering his second major anterior cruciate ligament rupture in the summer of 2011, with his lacklustre Serie A stint indicative of his decline.
Given the reputation he built during his time at Stamford Bridge, his signing would be considered a big coup in MLS, but it’s debatable whether he would be able to provide enough on-pitch value at this point to recompense the sizeable wages he’d demand.
Furthermore, with few feasible destinations standing out, unless he drops down to the US second-tier with the New York Cosmos, it’s hard to see someone coming up with an enticing enough offer.