By Dominic Toner
Jamie Carragher has delivered a scathing verdict on Chelsea midfielder Oscar following his proposed move to China.
The Times report that Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG will offer the 25-year-old a £400,000-a-week deal to leave Stamford Bridge, which would give him an annual salary of £20million after tax.
Oscar would only be behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for wages if he completes a reported £60million transfer in the January transfer window.
“It is a sad day for football when a player about to enter his prime moves for financial reasons and nothing else,” Carragher wrote in the Mail. “This is not a move to further his career. He will talk about the league growing in China, the chance to work with Andre Villas-Boas and the excitement about a new adventure — but we all know those words will be nonsense.
“It is embarrassing that a player would give up his career and the chance to compete for the biggest prizes in the game just for money.”
Oscar has fallen down the pecking under this season at Stamford Bridge and is struggling to fit into the 3-4-3 system deployed by manager Antonio Conte.
The Brazil international has made just 11 appearances this campaign across all competitions, but has completed 90 minutes on just one occasion.
Carragher feels that he will be leaving the Premier League too early in his career and he was once considered one of the best young talents emerging in Europe.
Oscar announced himself to the European stages with a brilliant goal against Juventus on his Champions League debut and has gone on to make 203 appearances across all competitions.
The central midfielder appears unlikely to force his way into Chelsea’s starting XI with Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic currently vying for two positions.
He will be linking up with former Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas if he completes a move to China and Brazilian attacker Hulk.
In other Chelsea news, Newcastle should agree a deal in January for the club’s emerging star.