Transfers of Saturday, 24 January 2015
Ex-Chelsea star and Arsenal target has REJECTED the chance to play for West Brom and QPREx-Chelsea star and Arsenal target has REJECTED the chance to play for West Brom and QPR
The former Chelsea star, who is currently plying his trade in Italy with AC Milan, has been repeatedly linked with a move back to England in recent months.
Several sources in Italy claim Arsenal are interested in signing the Ghanaian international, who made 256 appearances for the Blues.
But according to Essien’s agent, Fabien Piveteau, the Gunners aren’t the only the Premier League team interested in snapping up the 32-year-old.
In a recent interview, Piveteau claimed he had turned down offers for his client from West Brom and Queens Park Rangers.
Speaking to Calciomercatio, he said: “What are the chances of Essien leaving in January?
“It’s difficult, we’d prefer to respect the contract until June.
“Essien will not play in the Premier League for any club other than Chelsea, his former team.
“We had offers from West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers but we refused.
“If we were to get an appropriate offer from a club which is not in the Premier League we’d accept.
“However, it remains difficult to leave Milan in January, because our intention is to comply with the contract he has with the Rossoneri.”