Rome - Chelsea's Ghana international midfielder Michael Essien has joined AC Milan, the Italian Serie A side announced on Friday.
Essien will arrive in Milan this evening," AC Milan said in a
statement, praising the "high level curriculum" of the player.
31, arrives on a free transfer having signed an 18-month deal with the
northern outfit placed 11th in Serie A, the Italian press reported.
is the first recruit of new Milan coach Clarence Seedorf, and he could
play in their Champions League last 16 tie against Atletico Madrid next
month with two Milan midfielders suspended for the match -- Riccardo
Montolivo and fellow Ghana international Sulley Muntari.
started his career with Corsican side Bastia (2000-2003), making his
name at French club Lyon (2003-2005) before joining Chelsea (2005-2012).
teamed up again with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid (2012-2013) and
headed back to England with the Portuguese coach to Chelsea this season,
but has failed to feature for the English side.
Club and AC Milan have reached an agreement for the transfer of Michael
Essien to the Serie A side," said a Chelsea statement late Friday.
has travelled to Italy and the completion of the move is subject to him
agreeing personal terms with Milan and passing a medical examination."
Before confirmation of the move, Mourinho had said Essien would be allowed to leave.
"Michael Essien is, in this moment, in a position where he can go or he can stay.
"If he stays we're more than happy he stays.
he's another player who gave everything to this club and, if a great
situation for him arrives, for his future or to give him a chance to go
to the World Cup with more years of contract and a career at the high
level, the same way Chelsea let him go to Madrid when I was there."
Friday, Chelsea also announced that they had agreed to sell Spanish
midfielder Juan Mata to Manchester United for a fee reported to be £37