Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is edging ever closer to an exit from Stamford Bridge, according to reports.
The Ghanian star is said to desire a lot more game time than he is currently being offered by Jose Mourinho, and is eyeing the current transfer window as a possible escape route.
The 31-year-old returned to the west London outfit this season, having spent time with Mourinho in Madrid when the Special One was in charge of Real.
However Essien has only managed to make three Premier League appearances this term, and now his agent Fabian Piveteau believes an exit could well be on the cards.
"He could leave Chelsea this winter," Piveteau said.
"Several major European clubs playing in the Champions League were informed and the situation should settle down within the next 10 days.
"You should know that Michael was not on the list of players who can play in the Champions League with Chelsea, so he is free to play in the competition with another club."
Whilst Piveteau has made no secret of the fact that his client is close to leaving Stamford Bridge, he did add that it would only be to a club of a similar standing to Chelsea.
It is thought that the Blues are looking to expand on their squad this month and so fringe players such as Essien may be shipped to make room for newcomers.