The former Chelsea and Real Madrid player is close to Al Ittihad, as a number of Ghanaians have been moving to Asia in recent times.
Essien was released by Greek side Panathinaikos, and is available on a free. The midfield dynamo has struggled with injuries during the latter years at Real Madrid and Chelsea.
However he’s still 31-years-old and is not finished yet. Another former AC Milan teammate Sulley Muntari also joined this club who are based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
If Essien can prove his fitness and abilities, he could resurrect a career that threatened to come to a premature end.