Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien could be the next big name to move to Major League Soccer this winter as he is believed to be keen on a new challenge but he has turned down an offer from FC Dallas.
Reports emerged yesterday from Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport that Essien was ready to reject offers from across Europe in order to make a move to MLS, just 12 months after moving to Serie A with AC Milan.
Premier League strugglers Burnley, Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion are all interested in signing the 32-year-old who is out of contract in June.
With just six months left on his current Milan contract, Essien is free to speak to clubs about his next move, with Milan not willing to extend his deal.
The player is reportedly keen to secure a move to MLS so that he can leave Italy in time for the new season starting in March.
But Essien has turned down an offer from FC Dallas, according to transfer specialist David Amoyal, who states in his report that: “Essien’s contract expires in June and just like Giovinco, he could sign with any team for next season.
“FC Dallas made an offer but it was deemed too low.”
That does not mean that Dallas are out of the race to sign Essien, and if the player is keen on a move to the United States, then he’ll be forced to reconsider any future offers.
It’s worth noting that Essien’s agent is Nico Clavijo – the son of FC Dallas’ technical director Fernando Clavijo.
It has already been a very busy offseason of transfer dealings in MLS and don’t be surprised to see more clubs put an offer on the table for Michael Essien to consider.
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