Adriano Galliani explains Milan had been â€œchasing Michael Essien for a few monthsâ€ and feel heâ€™ll fit into Clarence Seedorfâ€™s tactics.
Chelsea released a statement late Friday night confirming â€œan agreement reached with AC Milan for the transfer of Michael Essien, subject to a medical examination and him agreeing personal terms.â€
The Ghanaian midfielder flew in to Milan on Friday and had dinner with Galliani and new teammate Sulley Muntari, after which the CEO spoke to journalists.
â€œWe had been chasing him for a few months. We think he can do very well in Seedorfâ€™s new system, sitting in the two in front of the defence and above all he can be included in the Champions League squad.â€
It has been rumoured that Muntari was instrumental in the move, calling his fellow Ghana international in November.
â€œMuntari was one of his greatest sponsors,â€ confirmed Galliani.
â€œRiccardo Montolivo will be out for two Champions League games and Muntari one, so we needed a midfielder.
â€œI think he is physically reliable, but he has to pass the medical tests at Milanello and then he can sign.â€
Galliani was asked whether Essien was similar to former Milan man Marcel Desailly.
â€œHopefullyâ€ Marcel was a legend. Are we to expect any transfer scoops before January 31? We hope so.â€