In an interview with ESPN Brazil, Oscar’s agent Giuliano Bertolucci confirmed that Chelsea has rejected a transfer bid from a Chinese club for the Brazilian attacking midfielder.
Is seems like the Chinese are prepared to hammer the boundaries of what is considered overpaying for players. And after nicking our reported transfer target, Alex Teixerra along with our own Ramires, CSL team Jiangsu Suning are prepared to break the local transfer record for the third time in under a month to lure our playmaker to Dragon Land.
We’ve paid a reported 25 million Euros in 2012 to land the then-youngster from Internacional. The Chinese club seem to be offering us the chance of making a mouthwatering 200% profit on our player (their offer is reported to be around 75 million Euros, for those who are not willing to do the math)
Oscar was signed to add the “CAR” in our “MAZACAR”*, after we’d won the Champions League for the first time in our history. The idea then was to build a team of technically gifted mini players who could play the “sexy football” that is always mentioned when talking about our owner’s preferred style of football. The Brazilian has had many amazing displays in a Chelsea shirt, including a glorious full-debut against Juventus in the Champions League (that game probably remains the best Oscar has ever played for Chelsea) but he has failed to put in these kinds performances on a regular basis and has been a disappointment for us fans, especially considering that both Mata and Kevin De Bruyne were sold because Oscar was preferred as the first team choice.
However, it seems like Chelsea are not prepared to sell at the moment. A stance that could very well change in the summer if another offer comes along (or maybe even before the last day of the Chinese winter transfer window, provided that a larger offer arrives) but one cannot help but wonder whether it would be cost effective to keep Oscar, even if the offer is “only” 75 million. After all, our season is as good as finished and another departure could provide us with more minutes to give to the likes of Kennedy, Traore and even Loftus-Cheek. But the club seem to believe that we need Oscar to achieve whatever targets we still have this season.