Napoli coach Rafa Benitez seeking to sign Michael Essien
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.