TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: Chelsea’s Essien set for Real Madrid loan

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CHELSEA midfielder Michael Essien is set to join Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal, according to reports.

The 29-year-old Ghana international had been linked today with moves to Everton and Arsenal, but is now expected to join former Blues manager Jose Mourinho in Spain.

Los Blancos’ move for Essien is dependent on Lassana Diarra completing a move to Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, who were drawn in Liverpool’s Europa League group earlier today.

Essien has struggled with injuries over recent years at Stamford Bridge and was left out of their squad to play Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Friday. •Get the latest news as it happens on our Transfer Deadline Day live blog >>CLICK HERE TO LAUNCH