Arsenal look to secure Ghanaian midfielder on season-long loan.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to bring in another midfielder before the transfer window shuts this evening, having sold Alex Song to Barcelona and missed out on top target Nuri Sahin to Liverpool.
Wenger has been tracking Toulouse enforcer Etienne Capoue and has been offered a cut price deal for Anderlecht’s Lucas Biglia in recent days, but he is yet to settle on a firm target.
However, it is understood that Arsenal made an inquiry into the availability of the out-of-favour Essien last night, but are currently waiting on a response from Chelsea.
The 29-year-old is yet to feature for the Blues this season, and has been linked with a move to Fenerbache in recent days, who have already made contact to discuss a £7million deal.
Chelsea have yet to get back to either club about the player, but it is thought they would only consider loaning Essien, not selling – leaving Arsenal in pole position.
Should Arsene Wenger convince Chelsea to sanction this move before the window closes at midnight, it will be something of a coup for the Arsenal boss.
The Gunners are desperately in need of a midfield enforcer after selling Alex Song to Barcelona earlier this month and Wenger would welcome the arrival of Essien at the Emirates to provide cover in that department.
The combative Ghanaian midfielder looks surplus to requirements at Chelsea after a summer of rebuilding that has seen the purchases of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Marko Marin, Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta, and the Blues may allow loyal-servant Essien the opportunity to move across London in order to play first-team football this season.
Whether Essien is capable of re-discovering the fine form that made him one of the best players in his position in the League several seasons ago, remains to be seen, after his most recent knee injury saw him out for much of last season. If this moves go through, it will indicate that Chelsea believe the midfielder will never get back to his best but it could end up being yet another masterstroke from Wenger.
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