Melbourne Victory are on the verge of a major signing coup with former Chelsea star Michael Essien expected to sign in the coming weeks.
Essien, a former African Player of the Year, is in advanced discussions with Kevin Muscat’s side to be the club’s guest marquee signing.
The Herald Sun has reported the FFA has rubber stamped the ex-Ghana captain’s credentials as a guest marquee with the the player and club left with just personal terms to negotiate.
If the deal gets done, Essien will be the second player to be signed under the FFA’s new guest player rules after Melbourne CIty captured the signature of Socceroos legend TIm Cahill.
The 33 year old played for Panathinaikos in the Greece Super League last season and has also played for AC MIlan and Real Madrid.
However, it was with Chelsea where Essien made his name as one of the worlds best central midfielders.
He won the Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League with the Blues as Chelsea established themselves as one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
The addition of Essien would only increase Victory’s standing as competition favourites and is a direct response to the off season spending spree of crosstown rivals Melbourne City FC.