Werder Bremen star on way to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have agreed a fee with Werder Bremen for the services of their young attacking midfielder Marko Marin, with the move confirmed by both teams on their official websites.
The Germany international, who is 23 years of age, is capable of playing on either wing and behind the strikers, and his creativity and ability on the ball will give Blues interim boss Roberto Di Matteo – or whoever takes over the Chelsea job full time – another option in attack.
It is thought that Romelu Lukaku will head to the Bundesliga team on loan in exchange.
Marin is a fine dribbler who has a keen eye for a through ball, and it is hoped that he will link up well with the likes of Juan Mata and Ramires in the Chelsea midfield – as well as fellow new signing Kevin de Bruyne. He has made 25 assists in 87 appearances for Werder Bremen.
Thought for some time to be the future of the German national team, Marin arguably hasn’t developed as quickly as many expected. Much of that is down to injuries holding him back, but the fact remains that he was only selected for 49 minutes of his country’s UEFA Euro 2012 qualification campaign.
Still, if the fee is around the £7m mark reported by Sky Germany, then Chelsea’s risk isn’t a particularly great one.
The reward however, could be very good indeed.
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