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Reports in Italy: Essien to Milan on free transfer

Derby County v Chelsea - FA Cup Third Round

during the Budweiser FA Cup Third Round match between Derby County and Chelsea at iPro Stadium on January 5, 2014 in Derby, England.

Shaun Botterill

Corriere dello Sport’s Gabriele Marcotti is one of several sources with the news that Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien’s rumored move to AC Milan is happening.

It’s reportedly a free move and an 18-month deal, as Essien’s deal with the Blues was slated to run through 2015. The 31-year-old is expected to undergo a medical later Friday.

Essien has made just five Premier League appearances this season in a crowded Chelsea midfield that hasn’t found much time for Andre Schurrle or Juan Mata, either.

The Ghanian wants regular playing time ahead of this summer’s World Cup and would finish his Chelsea career with 250 appearances and 20 goals across all competitions. He was Chelsea’s player of the year in 2007 and won four FA Cups, two Premier League titles, one League Cup and one Champions League title.

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