Marko Marin has left Chelsea to join Fiorentina on a season-long loan deal, the Premier League club have confirmed.
In a statement released on the Blues' official website on Monday evening prior to the win over Burnley, Chelsea revealed that the German midfielder will link up with Viola ahead of the new Serie A campaign, which for Fiorentina begins on Saturday 30 August with a potentially tricky trip to las year's runners-up Roma.
Another loan exit
2014/15 will be the second consecutive campaign that Marin has spent away from Stamford Bridge, with the 25-year-old having joined La Liga outfit Sevilla on a similar deal in June 2013.
He made 18 domestic appearances in total during his time in Spain, also collecting his second consecutive Europa League medal following Sevilla's win over Benfica at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
While Marin's latest switch to Stadio Artemio Franchi is only a loan, it seems increasingly unlikely that he has any real long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
After arriving at Chelsea from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen 2012, the versatile playmaker has struggled with injury and featured in just six Premier League games.
He is perhaps remembered most notoriously by English football neutrals for his shocking challenge on Stephane Mbia - another member of Sevilla's successful Europa League squad - during a top-flight clash against West London rivals Queens Park Rangers last January.
Any hopes that Marin had of finally making an impact at Chelsea this season following the departure of Frank Lampard this summer were quickly ended when Jose Mourinho made the decision to swoop for the impressive Cesc Fabregas.
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Fiorentina would appear to represent a good move for Marin, with former Italy striker Montella generally considered a popular manager and the club having finished fourth at the end of the last campaign and secured their place in European competition.
For supporters of the club it will presumably be nice to discuss incoming transfers for a change, with most of the summer at Fiorentina having thus far been totally dominated by the future of a certain Juan Cuadrado.
The Colombian winger - who has hugely impressed for Fiorentina since joining from Udinese two years ago - has rarely been out of the gossip columns in recent weeks, with Manchester United and Barcelona both said to be eager to sign the 26-year-old.
However, Montella yesterday sounded upbeat with regards to his chances of holding onto Cuadrado as the clock ticks down to the transfer deadline.
“I have never thought of losing Juan,” he said.
“He’s been here in the past, he is here now and he will be here in the future. I don’t think about how his story might finish. A player like him can play in every position in midfield.”