Chelsea push for Essien
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chelsea are continuing to test Lyon's resolve to hang onto Michael Essien.
Michael Essien continues to be linked with a Premiership move after his liking for England was confirmed by agent Fabien Piveteau.
Although the Lyon midfielder is destined to move across The Channel, the French champions are determined that their star man will remain at Stade Gerland for another season.
L'OL are resisting all offers for the midfielder with French sources claiming a bid of é¼15 million plus Mateja Kezman from Chelsea was rejected this week.
The Premiership champions could return with a massive é¼20 million offer for Essien but Lyon would prefer Didier Drogba to be involved in any deal.
The situation is similar to the one that saw Drogba eventually prised away from Marseille last term, even though both the striker and his club were adamant it would not happen. Ultimately, money talked and Chelsea got their man.
If Jose Mourinho does get his way again this summer, Lyon could soften the blow by sealing a move for Marseille's Benoit Pedretti.
Although l'OM chairman Pape Diouf has denied the midfield man is leaving, a deal could be struck soon.