The Blues have confirmed that bite-sized attacking midfielder Marko Marin will head to Italy for his second straight season out on loan.
Marin is 25 years old, and although he appears much younger than that, time is running out for him to make an impression on Jose Mourinho and the rest of the squad.
He spent last season on loan in Spain, where he made 18 La Liga appearances at Sevilla, assisting five goals while failing to score himself. He only scored two goals all year for the club, both in one Europa League match against Slask Wroclaw.
Sevilla eventually did win the Europa League, and Marin appeared in 11 (four starts) of their 17 matches during that run.
He joined Chelsea in 2012 from Wolfsburg, but the German attacker has made just 16 appearances for the Blues. He scored his only goal for the club against Wigan in a 4-1 win in early 2013.
There is no word on whether the Viola have an option to buy, but it’s hard to see Marin returning to Chelsea with so many attacking options at Stamford Bridge.
I saw him play in Miami a few summers ago in a friendly with AC Milan, and while that match (which ended 1-0 to the Italians) was an absolute train wreck from just about everyone involved, Marin was quite unspectacular.