Michael Essien’s agent is over in Italy to discuss a loan move with AC Milan.
The Chelsea midfielder has made just five Premier League appearances for the club since Jose Mourinho went back to Stamford Bridge last summer.
It was always the case that Essien would be allowed to look elsewhere this transfer window, and Milan is a destination of choice.
The Ghanian’s agent is talking with representatives at AC over a deal that will enhance the player’s chances of playing a key role during this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
That is something Mourinho has always remained mindful of.
‘I offer nobody – not Michael, not nobody (guaranteed playing time),’ the Portuguese said earlier this month.
‘I understand that players think about national team, the World Cup and playing regularly, but my players have to think of the team before the players. Michael knows that perfectly.’
Essien has only played one full 90 minutes for Chelsea this campaign – the win over Crystal Palace in December.
He was omitted from the club’s Champions League squad, and his agent claimed they were looking to explore options in that competition.
‘Several major European clubs playing in the Champions League were informed and the situation should settle down within the next 10 days,’ his agent Fabian Piveteau said last month.
‘You should know that Michael was not on the list of players who can play in the Champions League with Chelsea, so he is free to play in the competition with another club.’
Milan face Atletico Madrid in the second round, with the first leg at the San Siro on February 19.
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