San Siro giants Milan have a potential loan bid for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien in mind this January.
Several news agencies in Italy including La Gazzetta Dello Sport have confirmed it today that the Rossoneri are ready to offer escape to Essien who is finding it hard to get the playing time at Stamford Bridge.
The Rossoneri are expected to act during this transfer window to try and improve their options in the middle of the park and are believed in reports today as interested in Essien.
In 2005, Chelsea fought off stiff competition from Manchester United to pay £24.4 million for a Ghanaian central midfield with a fine reputation after some outstanding performances for Lyon – but few could have predicted just how crucial Essien would become for the Blues.
In his prime, Essien was a commanding figure in the middle of the park – a fearsome tackler but also able to drive the team forward with powerful runs. He has also shown great versatility, playing on the right-hand side of both defence and midfield. And now, it appears that stay of Essien at Stamford Bridge is coming to an end.
The Ghana international has struggled for regular playing time at Stamford Bridge this term and is believed available on a potential loan deal to the end of the season. Essien has just made 4 appearances in the English Premier League till date.
Milan, who are seen as interested in part down to the 31-year-old’s eligibility for the Champions League still, apparently have Adriano Galliani testing out the Blues on his exact availability at this stage.
Rossoneri Fans to Boycott Sassuolo Game
Curva Sud, group of Milan ultras, have announced today that they will boycott Rossoneri’s Sunday trip to Sassuolo because of the extreme ticket prices.
Milan’s game against Sassuolo was expected to generate lot of enthusiasm amongst fans as their newest star, Keisuke Honda is expected to make his debut.
However, there will be no travelling fans for this away game as Milan’s organised ultras groups announced a boycott of the game.
Curva Sud has strongly criticized the ever increasing ticket prices.
“The Curva Sud Milano will not take part in the Sassuolo game because it is inconceivable that a ticket for the basic away end costs €40” statement from Fan Group read.
“Let us not then complain if the stadiums are sad and empty, as with these prices it is impossible to follow your beloved team!
“Do you want to fill the stands with children? Ask their parents if they are prepared to pay these prices.”
However, tickets costs are considerably less in Serie A than the Premier League. For example, the cheapest match day ticket at Chelsea last season was around 47 euros compared to around 14 euros at San Siro.