Juve target Essien and Song

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Juventus are plotting a double swoop for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien and Arsenal's Alex Song, according to The Sun.

Essien has seen injury problems limit his involvement at Stamford Bridge this season, with a summer anterior cruciate knee ligament injury seeing him miss the majority of the first half of the campaign.

Song meanwhile, who has endured an indifferent season with the Gunners, will be tempered to seek pastures new.

Arsenal have gone a seventh year without a trophy, while Essien is yet to discover whether he will be in the new manager of Chelsea's future plans, with a permanent appointment yet to be made.

"We need to back our plans for a strong European campaign by reinforcing the squad in some key positions — and Essien and Song are under review," a Juventus source said.

When fit, both players are somewhat indispensable for their clubs in midfield, and will play a major part in helping their respective sides qualify for the Champions League this season.

The Ghanian Essien signed a two-year extension to his contract in 2010, keeping him at The Blues until 2013, while Song has two years remaining on his current deal.

Juve spent €94 million on their squad last summer, and despite being just two points off the top will be keen to invest further.

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