Last Updated: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:35
AC Milan are keen on Michael Essien but will have to agree a deal with Chelsea first, the player's agent has revealed.
Essien's days at Stamford Bridge are numbered especially now that Nemanja Matic is closing in on a return to the club and a switch to Milan looks to be a possibility.
Talks over a move have yet to begin but Essien's agent Fabien Piveteau says that could soon change if Milan can first of all agree a deal with Chelsea officials.
"Milan have to first speak with Chelsea and the London club have to decide what they want to do with Essien," Piveteau revealed. "We have not yet opened any direct talks with AC Milan, but this does not mean he cannot move to Italy.
"Clearly this is a great opportunity for my player. Milan are still in the running in the Champions League and are a great club, despite the difficulties of the moment.
"[Essien] is fine and wants to play ahead of the World Cup, where he intends to do well with the Ghana national team. We are fascinated by the Milan hypothesis and, from here to the end of the month, we want to explore and understand all the requirements."
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