There was a rumour going round earlier today that Michael Essien had failed a portion of his medical with AC Milan. Further digging demonstrated that this 'failure' wasn't really such a big deal after all -- his knees simply didn't pass a cursory inspection (because they exploded years ago) and he needed to have further tests. Since this was totally expected, the move was still on.
And from the sounds of it, it looks as though those further tests have been a success. So reports Fabrizio Romano, a staff writer at Di Marzio, at any rate:
Michael Essien has passed his medicals with AC Milan and now can sign his contract #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabRomano21) January 26, 2014
Di Marzio have been nailing absolutely everything Chelsea-related over the past week, so I'm rather inclined to trust them here. All that's left to do now is to put pen to paper. Good luck, Michael!