Chelsea sign Marko Marin

In a deal seemingly coming out of nowhere, this year’s Champions League finalists have signed Werder Bremen attacker Marko Marin.  Chelsea and Werder Bremen both confirmed the deal this Saturday with the transfer fee reportedly around 7 million pounds.  Marin will leave Bremen in the summer after signing a contract until 2017.  The player has already passed his medical at Stamford Bridge.

Bremen manager Klaus Allofs had this to say:

We have always said that we will consider any interesting offer that comes in for a player that also benefits Werder. We held very good discussions with Chelsea’s Chairman so that we could work out the deal.  We will work out the final formalities in the coming week. Of course, we wish Marko all the best in his new endeavors.

The 23-year-old has spent three years with Bremen following his move from Borussia Mönchengladbacb in 2009 but managed 24 assists in the league in that time, something only Franck Ribery and Juan Arango have bettered in said timespan.   Marin has long been considered one of Germany’s biggest talents but a combination of injuries and various circumstances at the club have led to a disappointing season this year and have put a hamper on his development.

Marin had this to say about his move:

I had a great time at Werder with a lot of great people and beautiful memories but of course I am very excited about the challenge of the Premier Leauge and such an established club.

Marin made his German National Team debut in 2008 and his impressive initial performances almost earned him a spot at the 2008 Euros but failed to make the cut for the final squad.  He was was part of Joachim Löw’s 2010 World Cup squad and featured in two games in South Africa but after several disappointing performances after the tournament he was dropped from the squad and has yet to be called up again.  So far he has 16 caps and 1 goal.

A change in scenery might be exactly what Marin needs to reinvigorate his career but the worrying halt in his development and the challenge of a new league could also have adverse effects.  With the competition at the club likely to grow and the inevitable pressures and challenges of competing at the highest level Marin may well have taken a step back with this move but only time will tell.

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Cristian Nyari

Cristian is a football writer and analyst living in New York City, fascinated with the history and study of the beautiful game and all it entails. Follow Cristian on twitter @Cnyari

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