The former Ghanian midfielder was wanted by both Chelsea and United in 2005. But it was the Blues who nabbed Essien from Lyon, even though Sir Alex Ferguson wanted him to take over from Roy Keane. “My second year at Lyon, when we finished the season, I came back to start pre-season with them and I came back very happy to start pre-season. That’s when the other teams started coming in like Chelsea and Manchester United,” Essien told South African reporter Carol Tshabalala.Advertisement “At that point I’d have loved to have joined United. But I was speaking with Jose every other day and he made it clear, very straight to me, that he wanted me to join Chelsea and there was only Chelsea that could pay the transfer fee at that time. “It was not easy but I remember the first time I spoke to Jose. I went to Malouda’s house for a barbeque, and then during the barbeque, Drogba called him and he and Drogba started speaking because they are very close and then Drogba asked him, “When you see Michael, whenever you see him, can you tell him Jose wants his number, Jose wants to talk to him?” but then he said, “No, Michael is here, we’re having a barbeque!”. read also:Moyes: Essien my biggest transfer regret “So he gave the phone to me and I started speaking to Drogba and that’s how we started. I passed on my number to him and he passed it on to Jose and that’s when everything started. It was a tough transfer saga.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes9 Fictional Universes We Wouldn’t Want To Live In6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftThe Top 9 Oddest Underwater Discoveries No One Can Explain7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth Loading… Chelsea legend, Michael Essien, has revealed that he was discouraged by Didier Drogba to reject Manchester United’s offer.