Chelsea midfielder agrees personal terms ahead of exit

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Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has agreed a January switch to AC Milan and is now waiting on the Serie A giants to finalise terms including wages and the nature of his move before confirming the deal, according to Football Italia.

Essien has been persistently linked with a move to the San Siro in recent weeks, with his path to the Chelsea first-team blocked by a plethora of options in central midfield including David Luiz, Ramires and new £20m signing Nemanja Matic.

The 31-year-old has made just nine first-team appearances in all competitions so far this term and has reluctantly decided to leave Stamford Bridge in search of regular playing time, quickly coming to terms with Milan over an initial loan switch that contains an option for a permanent 18-month deal.

Wages remain a stumbling block to Milan adding an experienced midfielder to their struggling side though, with the Rossoneri believed to want help with the Ghana international's salary before the move can be given the green light.

Milan are set to hold further talks with Chelsea later today in a bid to force the deal through, as new coach Clarence Seedorf targets recruitment in a bid to stamp his mark on a Milan side which have toiled so far this season.

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