Oscar will become one of the world’s highest-paid footballers if he leaves Chelsea to move to the lucrative Chinese Super League next month, according to The Times.
The newspaper claims that Shanghai SIPG, who currently have former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas in charge, are willing to give Oscar a staggering £400,000 a week.
If the Brazilian accepts the £60m move, he is expected to be earning a salary of £20m per year in the Far East, which would put him only behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the money stakes, reports the Metro.
Surprisingly, Oscar, who has not started a Premier League game since September, will be earning more than Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi after tax.
The Metro claims that Ronaldo tops the charts with £20.8m per year after signing a new six-year deal in October, while Bale is third on £18.7m and Messi fourth on £14m per year.
One inclusion in the list that may raise eyebrows is Ezequiel Lavezzi, who is reported to be the world’s fourth best-paid player after joining Hebei China Fortune earlier this year.
The eye-watering figures being mentioned in reports linking Oscar with a switch to China has caused mixed reactions on Twitter.
— Harry (@decisiveDiego) December 15, 2016
Oscar is a great player and all but the coach doesn't want him. ..so he gotta go the money from China will come in handy
— Motown Native ⏳ ⛎ ♣ (@Thabang_88) December 15, 2016
After all the hype, Oscar wants to go to China and end up like Robinho. Of all places, China!! Is life even fair at all?
— Uzezi Simon (@Zza_Aless) December 15, 2016
— Nick Wilkinson (@nwilko90) December 15, 2016
Oscar leaving Chelsea for China is hideous for football
— Ben Moore (@Pandwah) December 15, 2016
Some question the ambition of a player like Oscar to move to China.
You try turning down that kind of money…#cfc
— Tough Tackler (@thetoughtackler) December 15, 2016
With news about Oscar who's only 25 yrs old going to China gaining momentum it's sad to see that players no longer have passion for the game
— Yacoub AlRifae (@YacoubAlRifae) December 15, 2016
Oscar will become the third highest-paid player in the world in China. £400k a week after TAX
Well played to him….
— indykaila News (@indykaila) December 15, 2016
— BeeMac (@BobbyMac19) December 15, 2016
Oscar is a massive talent i dnt knw why he would even agree to go to china (if he has)
he can still revive his career
— Gorosei (@MmililiM) December 15, 2016