Marc Guiu reveals why he decided to join Chelsea from Barcelona this summer

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Chelsea have made a significant move in the transfer market by signing 18-year-old striker Marc Guiu from Barcelona on a five-year deal. Guiu becomes the fourth summer acquisition for the Blues, joining Tosin Adarabioyo, Estevao Willian, and Omari Kellyman in a wave of fresh talent at Stamford Bridge.

The young Spaniard, a product of Barcelona's famed La Masia academy, burst onto the scene last October when he scored the winning goal against Athletic Bilbao just 33 seconds into his debut.

Despite limited first-team appearances, Guiu's potential shone through, as he found the back of the net twice in seven games, including a memorable strike in the Champions League against Royal Antwerp.

Guiu's decision to join Chelsea was driven by the club's ambitious sporting project and the trust placed in him by the management. Guiu explained to Chelsea's official website,

"My main reason for wanting to sign for Chelsea was the football and sporting project the club is offering me here, and the trust everyone who works at the club is putting in me. The club has a very interesting plan with a lot of young and exciting players, and I think we can do great things."

The excitement is mutual, with Guiu struggling to contain his enthusiasm about the move. He shared,

"It's an immense joy to sign for Chelsea, and I struggled to sleep ahead of the journey here because I was so excited. Ever since I was small, it was my dream to play in the Premier League. Now I have the opportunity to come here to Chelsea, and I will work my hardest to be successful for the club."

Chelsea seized the opportunity to secure Guiu's signature after a delay in contract negotiations between the player and Barcelona. The Blues agreed to personal terms with the young forward before triggering his modest £5 million release clause, making the move a strategic acquisition given his potential and the relatively low fee.

While Guiu's immediate impact at Chelsea remains to be seen, especially with established striker Nicolas Jackson and potential new signings in the mix, his arrival is viewed as an investment in the future. The club believes that the young Spaniard will develop and grow within Chelsea's dynamic and youthful squad, contributing to their long-term success.

Guiu's talent has also been evident on the international stage, where he was Spain's joint-top scorer at the European Under-17 Championship last summer, netting four goals. His arrival at Chelsea is not expected to satisfy the club's search for a new striker entirely, with Newcastle United's Alexander Isak and Lille's Jonathan David still on the radar.

The young striker's journey from Barcelona to Stamford Bridge marks a new chapter in his promising career, and fans will be eager to see how he develops in the Premier League. With Guiu's signing, Chelsea has once again demonstrated its ability to attract and secure some of the most promising young talents in world football.