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Chelsea star Michael Essien set to join Asamoah Gyan at UAE side Al Ain

UAE giants Al Ain have launched an ambitious bid to sign the Ghana superstar Michael Essien from English side Chelsea and unite him with his compatriot Asamoah Gyan at the Emirate club with a deal expected this week, GHANAsoccernet.com can reveal.

Michael Essien could join Asamoah Gyan at UAE side Al Ain

UAE giants Al Ain have launched an ambitious bid to sign the Ghana superstar Michael Essien from English side Chelsea and unite him with his compatriot Asamoah Gyan at the Emirate club with a deal expected this week, GHANAsoccernet.com can reveal.

Sources close to the midfielder have told Ghana’s leading football news outfit Ghanasoccernet.com that  Al Ain directors have made initial inquiries about signing the want-away player from the Blues.

In fact Asamoah Gyan, who is a close friend of Essien, mooted the idea to Al Ain officials who are seeking replacement for out-of-form midfielder Mirel Radoi which has prompted the chase by the UAE club.

Al Ain, the mega-rich UAE club who also fund English side Manchester City, will come up with the money needed to sign the players from Chelsea even though the price involved is unknown but they are keen to seal the deal this week.

They are also willing to stump up $200,000 weekly wage, which is tax free, to ensure that his financial demands are met, GHANAsoccernet.com understands.

If the move for a permanent deal falls through, Al Ain could argue for a loan deal similar to what they did with Gyan when he moved from Sunderland.

This comes after Jose Mourinho said he could not guarantee Essien a starting place in Chelsea which has prompted his decision to leave the club to look elsewhere for playing opportunities ahead of the World Cup in June

An Al Ain spokesman refused to comment to the National on the possibility of Essien joining the UAE champions, but also did not deny the team’s pursuit.

Even though a club spokesman refused to confirm the report on Sunday insiders say the transfer could be sealed within hours if Essien agrees to the deal as he has not ruled out playing in the Middle East.

Al Ain are seeking a replacement for midfielder Mirel Radoi, who has been struggling with his form and injuries this season, and has made only seven Arabian Gulf League appearances.

The Romanian injured his leg during the match against Ahli and has been training and playing through the pain, but doctors have advised surgery.

With Essien, who played for Chelsea in their FA Cup third round tie at Derby County on Sunday, looking for a club where he can be assured a starting place ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, Al Ain will be hoping Gyan can convince his Ghana teammate because the player is keen on a move to another top club in Europe.

Do you think Essien should leave the English Premier League and join Asamoah Gyan in the UAE? Make your views known in the box below:

READERS COMMENTS

    • murtala says:

      AND WE ALWAYS SAY HE IS LIKE A FATHER TO ESSIEN, EVEN WHEN ESSIEN WAS BELOW FORM HE WAS USING HIM AT MADRID, HOW CAN ONE COMPARE MIKEL TO ESSIENS POWER.IT IS OBVIOUS MOURINHO IS DOING THIS NOW BECAUSE GHANA IS PLAYING PORTUGAL AT THE WORLD CUP,HE WANTS TO TO PUT HIM OUT OF FORM, KNOWING WHAT HE CAN DO WHEN WE PLAY PORTUGAL.

  1. askantwi says:

    Well Essien is at the twilight of his career. Moving to Al Ain is definitely for financial security purpose. That I do not blame him. But fitness wise, I wonder if he could be in tip top shape for the world cup. If Asamoah Gyan is trying to move back to Europe, why Essien is moving in there? I’ll rather have him move to Galactasaray in Turkey. Playing alongside Drogba and Schneida in the champions league could really beef up his form. But hey, he knows better than me when it comes to his profession so I just keep my fingers crossed. i wish him all the best.

  2. askantwi says:

    I trust Akosua Puni to give him a sound advise on this situation.

  3. samva says:

    wrong move if it is true

    • spellBOUND says:

      chale, it is not a bad move if its true. at his age, he’s not going to get playing time at a big club in europe. at UAE, he would start week in week out to build back his form and strength. its not the best move, but one could argue that getting playing time at UAE is better than rotting at the bench at Barcelona. i certainly think so.

      • POW@ Brazl b3y3 huhuu hu says:

        GO ESSIEN GO

        OMG, how I pray this come to past. Who doesn’t
        like free money at ths stage of hi career? Go to Al Ain, play soft, earn more money with less injury? I’ll welcome this with ease.

  4. lukman says:

    Tax free money is good. Is even a loan deal and if is really without tax as we all know they do then is good money. Go get it bro.

  5. boro says:

    Askantwi I think I will agree with you 100% when you said ‘ I rather have him move to Galatasary in Turkey’ because the Turkey league is far more competitive than that of the UAE. Frankly speaking Asa is matured but not as sharp as before when he was playing in EPL. May be he can prove some of us wrong in Brazil. Also the money may be good but I just think that those vying for positions in the BS team should think of their form right now than the money to put up a good show in Brazil. If for nothing at all I think they should think of their supporters back home and sacrifice a little for the nation. Moreover, if they are able to put up a good performance in Brazil some of these teams will flood in with bigger offers than this due to the competition they will face from other teams.

  6. Olu of 9ja says:

    At his age, that is the right move to make.After all Gyan is still doing well, while playing at UAE.Age is not on his side and he needs to prepare for his retirement rather than stay in the UK, without cash and playing time

  7. Jaja says:

    Noo, Essiem ny brother. Move to France, Turkey or Spain! Not Arabia!

  8. dadabee says:

    Essien Go and collect the cash. Asamoah Gyan is still allowed to be in that League and still captain our team. At this age, its about cash. Its likely Mourinho would not use you the way we all want. Go, get the cash and continue with the investments for after football which I think is very soon. Look sharp!

  9. theprince says:

    Don’t even try to think twice go for it

  10. Stranger Danger says:

    Some of you guys … smh. no wonder Ghana is so corrupt. you’re not thinking about the country but about money. *sigh* If it were up to me I would tell Essien to do what makes him happy and what he thinks is best for the country at this stage.