Chelsea ready to sell Oscar this summer for £40million as Juventus monitor Brazilian star
By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Chelsea are prepared to sell Oscar this summer – if their £40million valuation can be met.
Manager Jose Mourinho is willing to sanction the sale of the Brazilian playmaker but wants the Premier League leaders to find a blue-chip replacement.
Oscar, 23, has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge in recent months after being a first-team regular in the opening half of the season.
Football Insider sources have learned that Mourinho is not convinced that Oscar’s style of play is ideally suited to the Premier League, particularly in away matches.
The Portugese is ready for Chelsea to cash in on the Brazilian, who was signed from Internacional for £25m in the summer of 2012, and source a replacement.
Oscar has started 23 of the west Londoners’ 29 league matches this season, and four of their eight Champions League games, but he was dropped from the side for the Capital One Cup final win over Tottenham.
Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are among the clubs who have been linked with Oscar, although it is unlikely the Serie A leaders would be willing to meet Chelsea’s £40m valuation.
The London club have sold some of their big-name players for substantial profits since Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge two years ago, with David Luiz, Juan Mata and Kevin de Bruyne among those who have been off-loaded.