Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Wanted: Essien and Adebayor in Milan!

Brazilian Leonardo has only been the new coach of Milan for a day, but the Brazilian has already highlighted some of the stars he wants.

With Chelsea taking Carlo Ancelotti, it is rumoured that he will take some of his favourite Rossoneri players with him to London. And Leonardo has asked that any potential deal see Michael Essien moving in the opposite direction, according to the Corriere dello Sport.

The 26-year-old missed the first half of the season through injury, but was extremely influential upon his return, especially during Chelsea's Champions League run to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Leonardo is reportedly also interested in acquiring Arsenal hitman Emmanuel Adebayor, who has frequently been linked with the Rossoneri over the past couple of years. The Togolese striker scored 15 goals in all competitions for the Gunners this season and is viewed as the idea man to add some strength to the Milan attack.

The Serie A giants came in third place in Serie A this season and were knocked out in the early stages of the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia, thus enduring a trophyless campaign.

PS: I'm also hearing that Milan could swap with Andrea Pirlo.