By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini

Juventus are targeting a move for £40million-rated Chelsea playmaker Oscar, Football Insider sources understand.

The Brazilian is a long-time target of the Italian champions, who believe he could be well suited to Serie A.

Manager Jose Mourinho is willing to sanction the sale of Oscar but wants the Premier League leaders to find a blue-chip replacement.

Oscar, 23, has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge after being a first-team regular in the opening half of last season.

He has been in and out of the team this season and there is a feeling among the coaching staff that his touch game is not ideally suited to the rigours of the Premier League, particularly in tricky away matches.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Serie A champions were interested in signing Oscar last summer but were put off by Chelsea’s asking price. Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on the Brazil international.

The Blues are planning a drastic shake-up of their squad next year, which could mean at least six first-teamers off-loaded.

Axe men: Jose Mourinho and ruthless owner Roman Abramovich will sanction major overhaul

Axe men: Jose Mourinho and ruthless owner Roman Abramovich will sanction major overhaul

Oscar, who was signed from Internacional for £25m in the summer of 2012, is believed to be one of those who could leave.

The London club have sold some of their big-name players for substantial profits since Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge two-and-a-half years ago, with David Luiz, Juan Mata and Kevin de Bruyne among those who have been off-loaded.