AC Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 20

Matteo BonettiContributor IJanuary 20, 2014

AC Milan Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 20

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    The Clarence Seedorf era has gotten underway at Milan and he guided his side to a 1-0 win over Hellas Verona this past weekend.

    Seedorf has already changed the formation from a 4-3-3 to a more offensive 4-2-3-1 and he'll need players to truly mold the team the way he wants it.

    Let's take a look at the most credible Milan transfer rumors:

Essien Confirmed to Milan

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    AC Milan's official website has confirmed that Chelsea midfielder is expected to land in Milan this evening after signing a contract with the club which will last until 2015.

    This move was done to reinforce the squad in the Champions League, where Essien is not cup-tied.

Nocerino Lands in London

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    Antonio Nocerino has landed in London, according to SKY Italia transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio.

    The midfielder will sign a contract with West Ham United, who is in the relegation zone in the English Premier League.

Essien to Milan Deal Close

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    According to the latest reports from La Gazzetta, Michael Essien is close to securing a move to Milan, and all that's missing is permission from Chelsea.

    Agents from both sides have reached an agreement, so the deal is imminent. Essien would right away fit into Seedorf's 4-2-3-1 as a defensive midfielder who is able to venture forward as well.

Nocerino to England?

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    According to both Football Italia and La Gazzetta Dello Sport, several Premier League clubs such as West Ham and West Bromwich Albion are interested in the services of Antonio Nocerino.

    Nocerino is a peculiar case. He rose to fame when he scored ten goals domestically two seasons ago alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kevin-Prince Boateng. Since then, he has gone back to being the mediocre player that we knew before his one-hit-wonder season with the Rossoneri.

    Nocerino could still be a serviceable player at a smaller team, as he has a great engine in midfield and likes to make forward runs.

Marchetti to Milan?

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    According to Football Italia, Milan could be making a 10m move for Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti.

    The Italian international is one of the finest shot stoppers on the peninsula and he might be in Seedorf's plans as Milan look to improve throughout the core of the team.

    Marchetti would be a huge upgrade over the inconsistent Christian Abbiati and would instantly be Milan's goalkeeper for at least the next five seasons.

Keisuke Honda Not at Full Fitness

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    Keisuke Honda has told the media that he isn't at full fitness.

    The Japanese international claims only to be at 50 percent, according to Football Italia.

    He just finished an entire season in the Russian league and still needs to gain proper physical fitness. Expect to see steady improvement from Milan's new No. 10 as he looks to improve each week.