Arsenal are reportedly preparing to make a deadline-day swoop for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.
Essien has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge over the past few days, with Turkish club Fenerbahce believed to be keen on signing the 29-year-old in an £8million deal.
But according to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have made an audacious attempt to sign the Ghana international on loan until next summer.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to bring in one or two new faces before the transfer window shuts, and according to Friday's report, Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is ready to consider letting Essien leave on loan - even to join a rival club.
"We are active but we don’t want to bring average players in," Wenger had said on Thursday.
"I am relaxed. If we find a top, top, top player we will do it.
"We are working hard."
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