Chelsea have announced they have agreed an undisclosed fee with Werder Bremen for Germany international Marko Marin.
The 23-year-old is one of the most sought after talents in Europe, with Arsenal and Liverpool having been linked with the midfielder in the past, who has been dubbed the ‘German Lionel Messi’. However, the Blues have announced on their website they have agreed personal terms with Marin and he will become a Chelsea player once the transfer window reopens.
Marin, who has 16 caps for Germany, is thought to have cost Chelsea in between €7-8million Euro. Speculation has suggested the deal will see striker Romelu Lukaku move in the other direction on a season long loan deal, while the arrival of Marin could mean the end for Salomon Kaolu, who’s contract expires at the end of the season.
Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he moved to Germany with his family at an early age and became a professional player at Borussia Monchengladbach before moving north to Bremen in the summer of 2009. He made 87 Bundesliga appearances for the club prior to today’s announcement, scoring 12 goals. He also played in the 2010 German Cup Final when his side lost to Bayern Munich. Able to play as winger as well as a central player, Marin is 5ft 7in (170cm) in height and having played for Germany Under 21s, he made his debut for the senior Germany side in May 2008 prior to being part of the squad that won the European Under 21 championships in 2009. For the senior team he made two substitute appearances during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and has 16 caps to date with one goal to his name.
Some details (if you don’t know him):
|Full name||Marko Marin|
|Date of birth||13 March 1989 (age 23)|
|Place of birth||Bosanska Gradiška, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Winger/Attacking midfielder|