Essien linked with Gunners
Arsenal are reported to be lining up a shock loan move for Chelsea midfield ace Michael Essien ahead of the transfer deadline.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to add a ball-winning midfielder to his ranks following the departure of Alex Song, and is said to be lining up a swoop for Essien. Chelsea are happy to let the Ghana international go and earlier in the week it looked as though an £8million move to Turkish outfit Fenerbahce could be on the cards. However Arsenal are now lining up an eleventh hour swoop and could offer the 29-year-old the chance to stay in London for at least another 12 months. Chelsea would prefer a permanent deal but would also be happy to get his £100,000 a week salary off the wage bill if Fener do not firm up their interest.