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Chelsea confirm the capture of Werder Bremen attacker Marko Marin

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Chelsea have begun their summer shopping earlier than usual after they sealed a deal with Werder Bremen for the services of midfielder Marko Marin. The 23 year old German International, who has already passed a medical at the Chelsea, has been signed for an undisclosed fee with reports from certain corners suggesting that Romelu Lukaku could head out to Bremen on loan in addition to a cash exchange of between £8-10 million. Marin is set to sign a five year deal with the Blues and will join the squad in the summer.

Chelsea released an official statement on their website confirming the deal, which read, “Chelsea Football Club have today (Saturday) agreed to sign Marko Marin from Werder Bremen. Both clubs have agreed a fee and the 23-year-old midfielder has agreed personal terms. Marin, a German international, will join Chelsea in the summer.”

The player was delighted to complete the move, saying “I had a good time with Werder but I am looking forward to the challenge of the Premier League.” Bremen were also positive in their statement with regards to the transfer as their Director Klaus Allofs said, "We have always said that we would be open to talk if any of our players receives a good offer which was also interesting for Werder. In the coming weeks, we will deal with the last formalities. We wish Marko all the best for this new challenge."

Marin has been one of the more sought after young players in the Bundesliga, where he first came to attention while at Borussia Monchengladbach. He then joined Bremen in 2009 for a fee of €8.5m and has since had a successful time at the Weserestadion, scoring goals and contributing an impressive number of assists. The youngster is capable of playing on the left or down the middle as an attacking midfielder.

He has already made a number of appearances at the International level, including fleeting shows at the 2010 World Cup. The pace of the Bundesliga is now very similar to the Premier League and Marin shouldn’t have any difficulty adapting to the English style of play. Chelsea were expected to bring in new faces at the end of the season and considering their lack of options in the wide areas, Marin will be a quality addition.

It will be interesting to see whether this means a move to a central role just behind the striker for Juan Mata, and potentially the end of the road for Chelsea stalwart Florent Malouda and perhaps even Frank Lampard.