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Former Chelsea star Michael Essien set for MLS move – report

Michael Essien is reportedly nearing a move to Major League Soccer with three clubs interested in bringing the former Chelsea star to MLS before the start of the 2015 season.

Reports from Italian media outlet Tuttosport claim that the AC Milan midfielder is interested in a move to the United States, while MilanNews.it supports these claims by suggesting three MLS clubs are looking at signing the Ghanaian midfield enforcer.

Toronto FC, Columbus Crew and the Portland Timbers have all been linked with a move, and the 31-year-old will more than likely join the league as a Designated Player were he to make the switch.

Essien’s current contract at AC Milan expires in June next year, but the Italian giants are believed to be willing to offload him in the January window, as they could receive around €3 million for him.

The Timbers currently have three DP’s and therefore look unlikely to add Essien, whereas Columbus have two free DP slots on their roster.

Though it is Toronto who look to be favourites to sign the experienced midfielder as Jermain Defoe is looking likely to move on in the next month or so. That will free up a DP slot and will leave plenty of room for Essien’s salary.

Interestingly, the player recently changed his representatives to the US-based Clavijo Soccer Agency – a group run by FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo.

The tweet above suggests Toronto are ready to unleash a fearful looking midfield duo of Michael Bradley and Michael Essien on the rest of MLS before the start of next season.

If he joins the league, Essien will certainly be another great capture for Major League Soccer as the quality continues to improve.

Would Michael Essien be a good signing for Toronto?

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About Louis East (1161 Articles)
Editor of MLSGB.com. Premier League and MLS reporter.

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