By Gaia Brunelli
Michael Essien's agent has met with AC Milan board members to discuss a loan move to San Siro for the Chelsea midfielder, Goal understands.
Essien's representative, Fabien Piveteau, travelled to Milan on Thursday morning to discuss terms with the Serie A outfit, who are keen to bolster their options in central midfield.
The Ghanaian is eligible to play in the latter stages of the Champions League this term and has made only two league appearances under Jose Mourinho since the turn of the year.
Both Riccardo Montolivo and Sulley Muntari are unavailable to face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of Milan's clash on February 19, with San Siro officials desperate to sign an experienced midfielder during this transfer window.
Mourinho has moved to back Essien recently but Piveteau confirmed last week that his client would be interested in a move to Serie A.
"Milan have to first speak with Chelsea and they have to decide what they want to do with Essien," he told Spazio Milan on January 18.
"We have not yet opened any direct talks with AC Milan but this does not mean he cannot move to Italy. Clearly this is a great opportunity for my player."
It is understood that Essien is keen for greater first-team opportunities in the second half of the season ahead of Ghana's World Cup campaign in the summer.