Ghanaian has a range of options from several big-name clubs on the Continent.
Experienced Chelsea midfield player Michael Essien is set to leave Stamford Bridge in this month’s winter transfer window according to the player’s agent in the London Evening Standard.
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The Ghana international was brought back to the west London club from a season-long loan with La Liga giants Real Madrid last summer by returning Blues head coach Jose Mourinho, the man who first signed Essien from Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Lynonnais for a fee of £24.4 million in August 2005.
However, it is fair to say that the injury-plagued 31-year-old has struggled badly to win back a regular starting berth in midfield with the Uefa Europa League holders, with Essien having featured in just the six matches in total in all competitions so far in this campaign, only three of which have come in the Premier League.
And with the self-styled Special One having also decided to omit the player from the club’s squad list for the return of the Uefa Champions League next month, Essien’s agent has now revealed that his client is looking to find a new club in the January transfer window.
“He could leave Chelsea this winter,” Fabian Piveteau told French radio station RMC.
“Several major European clubs playing in the Champions League were informed and the situation should settle down within the next 10 days.
“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.
“In Ligue 1 he could play only at Paris Saint Germain or Lyon, but Bastia, FC Sochaux, for them to support the salary of a Chelsea player, it is already impossible.”
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