Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien completed a loan transfer to Real Madrid late on Friday that shocked many because he was never linked with the Spanish giants.
The Ghanaian was heavily linked with a move to English rivals Arsenal who reports claimed was looking at the midfielder to replace Alex Song who joined Barcelona.
Before Friday’s deadline, Essien was also linked with a move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce as well as Italian club Juventus
Even with few hours before the transfer deadline, Essien was still linked with a move to Arsenal and Everton said to have thrown in a cheeky loan offer.
But minutes before the window shut news emerged that Real Madrid made an offer to sign the Ghanaian which had www.ghanasoccernet.com calling pals of the midfielder to confirm the offer.
Then came in the news from Chelsea that they have accepted an offer from Real Madrid to sign Essien on loan.
The news sparked us into full action by Saturday dawn with the Essien camp updating GHANAsoccernet.com with the full details of his arrival in Madrid and plans for his unveiling.
He finally completed the move which sparked several reactions from all over the world.
Essien touches down in Madrid to start career with Real Madrid
Essien arrives at the hospital for his successful medical
Essien signs contract and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez shows him around the club’s offices
Essien at first full Real Madrid press conference and speak about his daddy Jose Mourinho