AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has played down talk of a bid for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.

Galliani admits he expects Milan to continue to be active in this month's transfer market.

He said: "The transfer market? It is a time when there are thousands of phone calls and now [sporting director] Ariedo [Braida] is no longer here, everyone calls me.

"Matri? For three roles in attack we have nine players, which is too many. A striker may leave in January…

"Essien? There are no negotiations for now. It is a market that I believe many players will move in, many want to change team and clubs will soon be willing to sell.

"There are also new markets, so I believe there will be movement."

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