Olivier Giroud reckons the two-window transfer ban for Chelsea would be helpful in his bid to remain at the west London club beyond the current season.
In his time, Michael Essien was quite simply a behemoth in the middle of the park. Emerging from a class of hard-nosed yet classy midfielders which permeated the fabric of the English top-flight in the early 2000s, the Ghanaian played a major part in the establishment of Chelsea as a domestic powerhouse in England.
Despite Chelsea kicking off their Premier League campaign away at Huddersfield on Saturday, there was still time for one more pre-season fixture on Tuesday night. The Blues welcomed Lyon to Stamford Bridge in the final International Champions Cup game of the summer and after playing out a goalless draw in normal time, Sarri’s side went on to beat the French side 5-4 on penalties.