In quotes covered by Gianluca Di Marzio, Michael Essien’s agent has revealed that the midfielder could follow former AC Milan teammate Kaka to MLS side Orlando City SC.
Essien, 32, has struggled to break into the Milan line-up since arriving from Chelsea last winter on a free transfer, making just five starts in nine appearances this season for a total of 456 minutes.
Out of contract in the summer, the Serie A club are willing to offload the former Blues star before the end of his deal, but the chance of a shock Premier League return was rebuffed following approaches from Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion.
Representative Fabio Piveteau told Calciomercato.com: "Essien will not play in the Premier League for any club other than Chelsea, his former team.
“We had offers from West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers but we refused."
The Ghana international is keen on a switch to MLS, however, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting last week initial talks had begun with FC Dallas over a potential move.
Technical director Fernando Clavijo, whose son is among Essien’s entourage, has since denied those claims but, while a move to FCD now looks to be out of the question, agent Fabrizio Ferrari has named expansion franchise Orlando as a possible destination.
"We have yet to receive a satisfying offer, we're looking for offers for next season,” he said.
“Orlando? You never know. MLS is very interesting, should offers arrive we'll consider them."
Essien might not be the only ex-Chelsea veteran to make the move across the Atlantic in the future either, with Samuel Eto’o also linked to the States, per calciomeracto.com.
The Cameroonian striker, who joined Sampdoria from Everton last week, was involved in a training ground bust-up with manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, and is now reported to be looking at US options, both in MLS and with second-tier NASL side the New York Cosmos.