The Daily Mail is reporting that the agent of Michael Essien is now in Italy, discussing a potential loan deal with AC Milan. The Metro is also running with the story, going as far as to claim that Chelsea would be willing to pay a portion of his wages in order to make sure the deal goes through.
AC Milan makes sense as a destination, as their midfield is just terrible and they are still alive in the Champions League. They're also generally looked at as a top quality club, even if they aren't far from being in a relegation fight this season.
The fact that Essien is still being linked with the exits despite our depth at fullback taking a hit and our likelihood of using a 4-3-3 increasing is certainly telling about how he has performed. There is still a chance that he stays, but if he ends up in Milan, at least he'll get plenty of time on the pitch.