Chelsea reach agreement on £52m January midfielder deal - report
By Dominic Toner
Chelsea midfielder Oscar is set to leave the club in the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Mail claim that the 25-year-old will complete a move to Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG for £52million after an agreement was reached on a stunning deal.
The report details that he will join former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas in China after falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge this season.
Oscar has made 11 appearances this campaign, but competed 90 minutes on just two of those occasions.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has switched to a 3-4-3 formation this season and the system does not suit Oscar, who is best suited to a number 10 role behind the striker.
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He may now be seeking regular first team football and would be guaranteed that with Chinese club Shanghai.
The attacking midfielder will be desperate to force his way back in to Brazil’s national team and would be linking up with Brazilian striker Hulk at Shanghai.
Oscar has made 203 appearances for the Blues since he joined in 2012, scoring 38 goals and supplying 37 assists.
Football Insider verdict:
Chelsea’s decision to allow Oscar to leave Stamford Bridge comes as no surprise, with the Brazilian out-of-favour under manager Antonio Conte. The attacking midfielder has shown glimpses of his quality during his spell with the Blues, but has not delivered on a consistent basis. He will be fondly remember for spectacular bits of magic, including a sensational goal against Juventus in the Champions League. Chelsea would be pleased to recoup a staggering £52million for the player, but they could come back to regret the decision in the title race. If Chelsea allow Oscar to leave in January, they will certainly need to replace him in their squad. The 25-year-old is a reliable option to have in the team and could be relied upon to fill in several positions.
In other Chelsea transfer news, their key senior player has said that he will not get a new contract at the end of the season.