Michael Essien is closing in on a move to AC Milan after Chelsea confirmed they have reached an agreement to sell the midfielder to the Italian giants.
The Ghanaian is thought to have flown to Milan to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical, before becoming Clarence Seedorf's first signing since taking over as the club's manager last week.
Essien spent last season on loan at Real Madrid before returning to Chelsea to link up with current boss Jose Mourinho once again.
However, the 31-year-old has only made nine appearances so far this season, and is set to agree an 18-month deal after Chelsea confirmed they would allow him to leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.
"I'm happy to be here. I will do my best for Milan and I hope to be ready to play," Essien said.
"I spoke with Mr Seedorf two days ago. I cannot wait to be available.
"I really want to thank the chairman and the team and thanks to Jose Mourinho, who has allowed me to wear the Rossoneri shirt."
Essien became Chelsea's record signing after a £24.4 million move from Lyon in 2005, and has made over 250 appearances for the club during his time at Stamford Bridge having won eight major trophies.
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