In an exclusive reported by the Daily Telegraph, Andre Villas-Boas’ Shanghai SIPG have put in a massive bid to land Chelsea’s Brazilian star Oscar in January.
A day isn’t complete on the transfer rumour mill without reports of star Premier League players moving to China. They’re rumours that, as we discussed last week, often confuse English football fans.
The latest story may be the most outlandish yet, but the Telegraph have put their name to an exclusive that is sure to get tongues wagging.
They report that Villas-Boas’ side are ready to spend an eye-watering £60m to bring Oscar to the country and have already tabled the bid with the Stamford Bridge club, which Chelsea have sensationally accepted.
Not only that but the story also says Oscar has told his teammates that he’s off to China to join Shanghai.
He wasn’t the only former Chelsea manager on the chase. The paper reckoned that Luiz Felipe Scolari, also managing in China, wanted in on the act to sign sign the 25 year old.
Villas-Boas has stolen a march though and is said to be confident of securing his signature.
Oscar is without doubt a very talented player but money in the region of £60m is silly money for a player who hasn’t started in the Premier League for Conte since September. That’s especially true when you consider he signed for Chelsea in a deal worth much less than that total.
If the deal goes through, it’d be the second January in a row that they’ve sold a Brazilian for big money to china with Ramires departing in 2015.
For Oscar it represents the chance to increase his wages while playing in a league of a lower standard than he is right now. Not bad work if you can get it.
He’d also find some friendly faces with fellow Brazilians Hulk and Elkeson also playing under Andre Villas-Boas in Shanghai.