Real Madrid are keen to bring in Essien on loan, but could face competition from Arsenal.
Arsenal were the first to make an move for the midfielder, who was not part of Chelsea’s squad for their Super Cup clash with Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo revealed before the match tonight that Essien was set to leave the club on loan.
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The start of the 2017-18 Premier League season is just around the corner and is shaping up to be one of the most competitive yet.
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