Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is fighting to save his career after suffering another serious injury to his knee. The Ghana international is awaiting the results of a scan on his knee and there are fears he will be out of action for the remainder of the year.
According to the Sun the possibility of losing Essien has prompted Villas-Boas to find a midfielder that can take over from the 28-year-old who has suffered from bad knee injuries before.
The Chelsea boss is looking to his former club Porto again, this time at Moutinho, who would cost the Blues £35 million.
The Porto president Pinto Da Silva says they can not reduce the asking price because 25% of the fee will go to Moutinho’s former club Sporting Lisbon. He told the Sun: “We do not reduce by one euro the price of our stars for the big foreign clubs.”
Essien will be bitterly disappointed at the injury, which happened on only the second day of training. The diagnosis so far is damage to the anterior cruciate ligament, which will take at least six months to heal.
Because Essien has suffered knee injuries before it looks like the Chelsea management will buy a replacement player both for the short and long-term.