By Emma Sanders
Mauricio Pochettino has had a dig at Chelsea midfielder Oscar after it was confirmed that the Brazilian has reached an agreement to join Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG.
Oscar’s move to China is the latest in a number of big-money transfers to the league but Tottenham manager Pochettino claims he can’t understand the decision.
The Spurs boss claimed “football is not only money” and doesn’t agree with Oscar’s decision to join the Chinese outfit in a reported £60million move.
The transfer was confirmed by Chelsea on their Twitter page on Friday morning and in a story on their official website.
Chelsea Football Club and Shanghai SIPG have agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Oscar… https://t.co/7izeugHu1J
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 23, 2016
Asked whether Oscar’s move is a sign for concern in the Premier League, Pochettino said “I don’t believe it is a danger for us,” as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“It’s sometimes difficult to understand this type of decision. Football for me is not only money, it’s to be competitive and for me the Premier League is the most important league in the world.”
The Chelsea midfielder’s transfer is expected to be in the region of £60million and he will follow in the footsteps of former teammate Didier Drogba and Hulk.
According to BBC Sport, he will become the seventh highest transfer of all-time and will be earning a huge £400,000 a week which is four times as much as Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
Oscar has enjoyed some success with Chelsea and was a big player under Jose Mourinho when the Blues won the Premier League. He has also won the Europa League and the League cup during his London career.
In 203 appearances for Chelsea he scored 38 goals and provided 37 assists.
Aj just 25, he’s still at the peak as a footballer and his move to China will definitely put a lot of other big clubs on alert over the possibility of head-turning offers coming in.
In other Tottenham news, fans reacted with humour on Twitter after Michel Vorm signs a new contract extension.