When Roberto Di Matteo got his hands on ‘the German Messi’ for an undisclosed fee it was heralded as an excellent piece of business by many fans and those in the press.
So to now see him discarded on a loan deal to Sevilla is an intriguing piece of news indeed.
Sevilla, after a new winger in the wake of Jesus Navas’ move to Manchester City, will be more than happy with this cost effective piece of business given their current financial woes.
But for me the most interesting fact about this story is how the man who replaced him at the Bundesliga club has played such a vital role in his departure.
First of all let’s not forget a few things. Marin suffered with a hamstring injury for most of the early part of the campaign and by the time he was back to full fitness the manager that originally signed him was no longer at the club.
But ultimately he played just six league games for Chelsea all season; in our eyes that constitutes a flop signing.
By comparison it makes Kevin De Bruyne’s spell at Werder Bremen look world-beating.
Bremen struggled to find a replacement for Marin on a permanent deal so went back to Chelsea for his replacement in the form of the Belgian attacker.
And considering he was a spare part at the club at the time Chelsea obviously agreed to the move.
He had an excellent campaign for the club; scoring 10 and assisting 10 in 33 games as he played a vital role in the clubs survival from relegation.
It was this form that saw him linked with Borussia Dortmund as a potential Mario Gotze replacement.
However Jose Mourinho sees him playing a vital role at the club next season and has informed him that he will be going nowhere this summer.
But with the arrival of Andre Schurrle and the prevalence of several other similar players the return of De Bruyne simply made Marin dispensable at Stamford Bridge.
So the player who replaced him at Werder Bremen has now gone and done the same in rather different circumstances at Chelsea; essentially nudging him off the plank he had been walking all summer long.
And now Marin finds himself as the spare part Chelsea will allow another team to borrow in their time of need.
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