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21.03.2005 Sports News

Essien has Juve option

By .channel4.

Monday 21 March, 2005 -- Lyon midfielder Michael Essien is again being linked with a summer move to Italian giants Juventus.

The Ghanaian ace has been paired with numerous clubs recently, but reports in Italy suggest that the Bianconeri are in a good position to land the starlet.

However, they face some stiff opposition for him given that Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona are also looking to lure him away from the Stade Gerland

"For the moment I have no idea what will happen," said the 22-year-old at the weekend.

"I still have three years left on my contract with Lyon, but I like Arsenal and Manchester United as well.

"In the end it will be my decision, just as it was when I turned down PSG to come to Lyon."

The youngster has been a revelation since he joined from Bastia in 2003, and Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas values him at £20m.

The club will do everything in their power to persuade Essien to stay, but are reported to be following Saint-Etienne's Didier Zokora as an eventual replacement.

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