Exclusive: Essien arrives in Italy to seal AC Milan move
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has arrived in Italy to complete his move to giants AC Milan, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The 31-year-old arrived in Milan Friday evening after he was given the all-clear by Chelsea.
Essien will sign an 18-month contract at no cost to the Rossoneri.
The Ghana international was given a huge payoff for the remaining one-and-a-half years left to run on his deal at Chelsea.
The ex Olumpique Lyon man brings to an end to his thrilling eight-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, which saw him win nine major titles, including the Champions League, two Premier League crowns, four FA Cup titles and a League Cup and a Community Shield.
Essien however played very minimal first team roles in his latter months at Chelsea.
He will be linking up with Black Stars teammate Sulley Muntari who is already a Milan player.
The midfield enforcer is expected to play a major role for Milan when the Champions League resumes due to the suspension of key midfielders; Ricardo Montolivo and Muntari.