Chelsea transfer news: Oscar could stay with club despite interest

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14th Dec, 2016 | 6:21pm

Chelsea ace set for dramatic U-turn to stay at Stamford Bridge - report

By Dominic Toner

Chelsea midfielder Oscar wants to stay at the club and fight for his place, according to a report.

Sky Sports claim that the 25-year-old is aware of interest from China, but is keen on staying at Stamford Bridge and battling for a first team place.

The Mail claimed on Tuesday that Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG are set to complete a £52million move for Oscar in the January transfer window.

The report detailed that he will join join former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas in China, but it is now believed he could make a remarkable U-turn and stay with the Blues.

Oscar moved to Chelsea in 2012 for £25million and has racked up 203 appearances for the Londoners.

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The attacking midfielder has enjoyed great success during his stay and has won the Premier League, League Cup and Euroepa League with the Blues.

He has fallen down the pecking order this season under manager Antonio Conte and has not started a Premier League game since September.

Italian boss Conte has switched to a 3-4-3 formation which has coincided with a nine-game winning run in the league, but Oscar is not suited to the system.

Football Insider verdict:

Chelsea are now regarded as title favourites and will need players like Oscar in their squad throughout the course of the season. The midfielder has experience in winning league titles and is a great asset with his hard work, something that pleases Conte. The Brazilian has shown glimpses of his quality during this time at Stamford Bridge, but has never quite hit his best form for a long period of time. However, Chelsea would certainly be wise to cash in on a phenomenal £52million for Oscar, unless Conte can find a way to fit him into the system. NGolo Kante, Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas all appear to be ahead of him in the pecking order, with youngster Nathaniel Chalobah even being introduced this season.

In other Chelsea transfer news, their key senior player has been told that he will not get a new contract.