Blues remain adamant on Essien

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Chelsea remain locked in dialogue with Lyon despite claims that the deal to take Michael Essien to Stamford Bridge has broken down.

Lyon´s outspoken chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has said he will not enter into any further discussions with the Barclays Premiership champions over the possible transfer of the Ghana midfielder.

But PA Sport understands that talks between the two clubs have not stopped and that Chelsea are confident a deal can be completed before the start of the new Premiership campaign this weekend.

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