Lyon live on without Essien

August 16, 2005
By Alex Chick
The end is finally nigh for the summer's most tedious transfer saga after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas finally gave Michael Essien the green light to join Chelsea.

Although the champions will no doubt miss the powerhouse midfielder and current Ligue 1 player of the year, they had nothing to gain by keeping the patently unhappy Ghanaian. The ongoing uncertainty caused a shaky start to the season, although the cracks have been papered over by the goalscoring feats of giant Norwegian ...

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