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Arsene Wenger insists he is not interested in bringing Lyon midfielder Michael Essien to Arsenal.
The Ghana international claimed last week that Wenger wanted to lure him to Highbury as a replacement for Edu, who is expected to leave the club.
Essien's agent then revealed the 22-year-old's purported price tag of £17 million was proving a deterrent to Wenger.
Lyon have stressed that they have received no official bids for star midfielder Michael Essien.
The 22-year-old has attracted interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid but will not be moving in January.
Arsene Wenger, despite denying any intention of bringing Essien to Highbury, is rumoured to be keen to land the African ace this month.
Originally posted by dilly
possibly, our problem is not in midfield, its defensively and in goal
French champions Lyon have again rejected Chelsea's attempts to sign Ghana midfielder Michael Essien.
Lyon say the 22-year-old Essien has agreed an extension to his contract to 2009, although the player has yet to confirm the new deal.
"We want to keep Essien and he'll stay here unless we received a stupendous bid," said new coach Gerard Houllier.