A player of Essien’s calibre, who has managed only seven Serie A starts this season, will be invaluable in the ISL. Brazilian legend Kaka was also recently linked to an ISL move, indications of the direction the 1-year-old league is heading in.
PSG shocked at Bastia, taken over by St-Etienne in Ligue 1
France football champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) resumed their campaign with a humiliating 2-4 defeat of relegation-threatened SC Bastia, while Saint-Etienne took over the third place temporarily with a 2-1 win at Reims in Ligue 1.
Mickaël Landreau should start in goal for his 603rd Ligue 1 match, setting a new record for league appearances.
This Corsican derby will be played without fans in Istres - a neutral ground. Home field advantage is, therefore, neutralised for Ajacci...
Sochaux can move off the bottom of the table if they beat poor travellers Bastia.
Herve Renard has yet to taste victory since taking charge of Les Lionceaux last month and saw his side edged 2-1 by Marseille before the international break.