Recently axed Chelsea star Demba Ba has revealed that German midfielder Marko Marin wants to join him in making a move to Turkish giants Besiktas.
Yahoo Sports, citing reports in Turkey, carry quotes from the Senegalese striker which appear to confirm that he has been contacted by Marin, who is aiming to leave Stamford Bridge in an attempt to find regular first-team football.
The 25-year-old spent virtually the entirety of last season’s campaign at Sevilla, where he managed 18 La Liga appearances, but has once more been frozen out of the Blues set up by Jose Mourinho this summer, and now has Nemanja Matic, Oriol Romeu and Francesc Fabregas to fight for a first-team place as well as the likes of Ramires, Marco van Ginkel and John Obi Mikel.
Marin searching for exit door
Such fierce competition for places, on top of the fact that Marin has only actually appeared for the Blues 15 times since making a switch from Werder Bremen in 2012, doesn’t paint a bright future for him in west London, and Ba claims that his former team-mate has contacted him to talk about a potential departure to Turkey.
The striker, who was officially sold to Besiktas last week, told Turkish paper Yeni Şafak that he had spoken to his young counterpart, who expressed an interest in following out of the Chelsea exit door.
“Marin called me after my transfer to Besiktas,” Ba said.
“He told me Besiktas were also interested in him and that he would like to play alongside me. Chelsea are probably going to loan him out again so this is definitely something that could happen.”
Loan or permanent exit?
Despite Ba’s insistence that Marin, who has represented Germany 16 times during his career, could potentially move to Besiktas temporarily, it remains to be seen whether or not he will push for a permanent switch away instead. The playmaker is clearly not in Mourinho’s plans moving forward and could see another loan spell as potentially damaging to his development.
If any suitors propose a figure deemed acceptable then Mourinho too is likely to want to move Marin on and sever his ties with Stamford Bridge. His Blues squad is bursting at the seams with talent as it is and, with the Financial Fair Play rules hanging ominously over the heads of any sides looking to do big business - as Chelsea routinely do - the 51-year-old will be wary of keeping players on the books when they’re not needed.
More to leave?
As such a number of first-team players who call Stamford Bridge home should be looking nervously over their shoulders, particularly given the fact that the club are looking to radically improve on last season’s showing. Fernando Torres is being eyed up by a number of European sides, whilst John Obi Mikel continues to be linked with a transfer to Italy, and so Marin might not be the only player switched.
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