The transfer of Oscar to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG was confirmed on Friday by Chelsea’s official website.
It’s a move that has provoked controversy, a signal that the new influx of Chinese mega money is adding a new dynamic to world football.
Oscar was a highly effective midfielder for Chelsea but the Stamford Bridge club could barely refuse the reported fee of around £60m, especially for a player that has only made 5 Premier League starts under new boss Antonio Conte.
It’s unlikely Oscar will be the last high profile player to move to the Chinese Super League, with seemingly more clubs beyond Shanghai swimming with the money it takes to attract stars to Asia.
Is this a good deal for Chelsea? Or is it a sign of potential danger? If Chinese clubs can start going direct to the source for talent instead of via the big clubs, there’s a chance the likes of Chelsea could miss out of the stars of the future.
Fans have been taking to Twitter to give their opinion on the matter…
Oscar to China is official. Didn't see that coming given how well he started for his Chelsea career. Sad story.
— MB (@MO_Bulhan) December 23, 2016
Oscar just ended his career by himself, Serie A was probably the best league for him, considering his age & abilities. Too young for China.
— NBK (@SimplyMessi10) December 23, 2016
25 year old oscar is leaving chelsea to go to china lol what a waste
— Faisal (@fffaaaiissaalll) December 23, 2016
Oscar is too young for China. La Liga or Bundesliga was a better destination for him. He has just ended his career by himself
— Russell (@FutbolRusseII) December 23, 2016
Oscar going to play in China for £60m shows how bad football actually is, ridiculous money
— Jack Paisley (@JackPaisleyNE40) December 23, 2016
— Jønësy (@TheJones_1990) December 23, 2016
So. Farewell Oscar. U never quite managed to reproduce the form of yr opening game & were consequently a terrible disappointment. #onyerbike
— Jonathan Kydd (@Jonathankydd) December 23, 2016