Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is being linked with a move to MLS.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho has informed the Ghanaian he can leave this month.

The Daily Mail says the 31-year-old is ready to leave Stamford Bridge with clubs in the Middle East and across the Atlantic alerted by comments from his agent Fabien Piveteau early this week.

Essien has been linked with Middlesbrough but he has grander ambitions

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