Chelsea have confirmed the transfer of Nigerian winger Victor Moses, who signs from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee reported to be in the region of £9m. The reigning European champions were heavily and publicly linked with the 21 year old attacking player all summer long.
"Wigan Athletic can confirm that Victor Moses has completed his move to Chelsea after personal terms were agreed with the European Champions. A fee was agreed between the clubs on Thursday and on the completion of personal discussions the 21-year-old brings to an end his two-year spell at Latics," read the corresponding statement on Wigan's Web site.
Meanwhile, the Blues also announced another signing - that of Spanish international right back Cesar Azpilicueta - from Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille. The transfer fee, unconfirmed, in that instance was believed to be approximately £7m; this takes Roman Abramovich's summer spending close to, approximately, the £90m mark.
Azpilicueta on Chelsea
The 22 year old former Osasuna player spoke to the club's official Web site, shortly after being unveiled at Stamford Bridge, stating he was delighted at the chance to play for the club and was targeting more trophies for the club. He also stressed his contribution to the team would be primarily defensive but would include runs into opposition territory if given the chance. Azpilicueta comes with considerable experience for so young a footballer and this includes captaincy of the national team at lower age groups.
"Juan (Mata) and Oriol (Romeu) have been helping me out this morning and showing me around the training ground. Moving to another country is a big change and it's very nice for me to have some familiar faces here already. I watch a lot of the Premier League on television. It will be difficult at first but I hope, given time, I will be able to play well and adapt. Firstly, I want to integrate into the group, but also to play as regularly as possible. I want to help the team win matches and win as many trophies as we can," Chelsea's new right back concluded.
Roberto Di Matteo also spoke to the club's Web site, commenting that the signing of Azpilicueta gave him a number of tactical options. The coach was on hand to observe his new signing in a training session ahead of the league game against Newcastle United at the Bridge.
"He is a young player from Marseille, who has come through all the ranks with the youth level of the Spanish team, and he will give us cover at the right-back position with Paulo Ferreira and Branislav Ivanovic. It gives us more options for the future and competition. We will see who is going to be playing," the former Chelsea midfielder said.
Incidentally, the signing of Azpilicueta should put an end to rumours linking Brazilian right back Maicon with Chelsea. The 31 year old Inter Milan defender was considered the best in his position until a few seasons ago and is reportedly a long-time target of Spanish champions Real Madrid.