However, injuries and other midfielders being brought in through the transfer window have made Essien expendable for the right price.
Per the Daily Mail:
Fenerbahce are preparing an £8 million bid for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.
It's hard to see Essien having much of a future with Chelsea, considering his recent injury problems and the fact that Ramires and John Obi Mikel both excel defensively in the midfield. Raul Meireles is also capable of playing as a defensive midfielder.
He made 14 Premier League appearances during the 2009-10 season and then was able to play in 33 league matches the next season. However, Essien could only participate in 14 league games last year.
Just a few years ago, he was arguably the best defensive midfielder in world football, but sadly, he is no longer able to play at this level.
With Chelsea signing many midfielders in the transfer windows over the last few years, it's hard to imagine Essien playing a large role with the club going forward.
At 29 years old, Essien isn't able to battle through injuries like he used to. Even though he has three years left on his current contract with the club, selling him now is the right move. Playing first-team football is the best decision for his career at the moment, and he won't get that opportunity too much at Chelsea.
His experience would be tough to lose, but Ramires, and especially Mikel, have won multiple trophies with the Blues and represent a bright future for the Chelsea midfield.
Essien is one of the best players in the history of the club, and he will never be forgotten when he does make his exit from Stamford Bridge.
His amazing goal against Barcelona in the semifinal of the 2009 Champions League is one of many moments that Chelsea fans will never forget.
Selling Essien would be difficult, but it's best for both sides to move on.
Nicholas Goss is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter.