Since arriving at AC Milan from Chelsea in January, Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has failed to make much of an impact. Tuttosport, a Turin-based newspaper, is now reporting that Essien will be allowed to leave for another club in January for a free transfer.
Essien has been heavily linked to a move to MLS, and while a club has yet to publicly express interest in the 31-year old, many clubs would jump at the opportunity to bring in a midfielder with his experience.
After departing Stamford Bridge in order to join AC Milan as a part of another free transfer, Essien has made just 12 Serie A appearances. In his prime, Essien was a key part of Chelsea’s success. In Brazil, he came on as a substitute for Ghana just once in their three group stage matches. Essien had his best season in terms of statistics in 2007-2008, tallying six goals and four assists in 23 Premier League starts for Chelsea.
With the painting on the wall, and AC Milan willing to let Essien walk for free, we turn our attention to which MLS clubs could be a good fit to bring in his services.