By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
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Italian giants Napoli are interested in signing Ghana star midfielder Michael Essien who is likely to leave the Stamford Bridge before the end of January, according to reports in Italy.
But the Serie A giants are a bit hesitant due to the wages of the 31-year-old.
Chelsea have signed Serb midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica and have decided not to include the former fans-favourites in their Uefa Champions League squad anymore.
Essien's agent - Fabian Piveteau, has confirmed a host of top-class European clubs have asked about the availability of the 'Bison' while Chelsea have not added him to their Champions League squad.
"Many European clubs have requested information. Chelsea has not added him to the list Uefa," he said.
Napoli's Serie A rivals AC Milan have consistently been linked with Essien but no concrete bid has been made yet.