Napoli coach Rafa Benitez seeking to sign Michael Essien

Michael Essien could join Napoli.

Michael Essien could join Napoli.

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has enquired about the possibility of signing Michael Essien from Chelsea. 

The Spaniard made polite enquiries about the availability of John Obi Mikel yesterday but was told that the Nigeria was still an integral part of Chelsea`s plans.

Benitez, who handled Chelsea to win the Europa League last season during his brief spell, has turned to out-of-favour Essien.

Chelsea’s signing of midfielder Nemanja Matic on Wednesday means the Ghana international could be one of the first out of the exit door.

Essien, 31, has only started two Premier League games for Chelsea and has the added bonus of not being cup-tied, as far as the Champions League goes.


  1. Adebayo says:

    Essien’s agent stated this morning that there are numerous inquiries for Essien but non from an Italian club. Analysts think Essien’s style of play makes it difficult for him now. There are two types of holding mildfielders in Italy-the Pirlo kind and the de Rossi kind. Essien is of the de Rossi kind(strength and speed)but his injuries have left him weakened and the lack of playing time has devalued him in the market!

  2. Everlove Arthur says:

    Napoli is just perfect for Essien

  3. lion-fire says:

    If he us not given a chance, how do we know he has been slowed down by injury. He didn’t look that slow in real madrid