France international Loic Remy has signed for Chelsea from Queens Park Rangers, reports the BBC. The striker has put pen to paper on a £10.5 million deal which will see him compete for a starting position with Diego Costa and Didier Drogba next year.
Remy moves from QPR having been on the club’s books for 2 years. The forward was brought into the side in 2012 following Rangers’ promotion to the Premier League of that year. However, he was unable to help the Hoops avoid relegation, and was subsequently loaned out to Newcastle for the 2013/14 season .
For the Magpies, Remy scored 14 goals in 26 Premier League appearances, further enhancing his credentials as a top flight player. The Frenchman had been subject to a failed attempt by Liverpool to transfer him to Anfield at an earlier point of this summer, in which the Reds had pulled out of the proposed move amid concerns over the player’s medical examination. Chelsea look to have been satisfied with Remy’s fitness levels, however.
The striker is brought into Jose Mourinho’s side upon Fernando Torres’ exit. The Spanish international has completed a 2 year loan deal to AC Milan, where he is expected to sign permanently in 2016. The first choice striker at Chelsea is still expected to be Diego Costa after a blistering start of 4 goals in 3 games. Remy will likely operate as a third choice attacker, taking Torres’ place behind Drogba.