Ghana star Michael Essien remains on radar of Australian side Sydney FC ahead of transfer window

Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien remains on the radar of Australian top-flight side side Sdyney FC ahead of the transfer window opening next Tuesday despite being contracted to Greek giants Panathinaikos.

A-League club have been offered the chance to pursue talks with a number of high-profile players as potential guest signings to boost the country’s top league which is facing dwindling interest.

Sydney FC have signalled that they are not interested in signing former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien on a guest stint but they want him on permanent basis.

This comes after we revealed earlier this month that Australian clubs are keen on him.

But so far clubs have refused to bite, wary of disrupting dressing rooms mid-season despite the A-League’s desperate need for added starpower.

In Essien’s case, he remains contracted to Greek club Panathinaikos and has just re-entered the first team after a lengthy period of injury.

But agents are believed to have been given a mandate to examine various options in Asia including Australia, in case Panathinaikos decide to release him in the January transfer window.

A major stumbling block would be his salary expectations for a move to Australia, with an annual figure of €3m net understood to have been quoted.

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