Chelsea Football Club have officially announced the departure of midfielder Oscar.
The Brazilian midfielder is set to join with Shanghai SIPG once the January transfer window begins. As reported by ESPN, the deal will see Chelsea take in £60 million, making him Oscar’s most lucrative sale in their history. The deal is extremely lucrative for Oscar himself as well who will see his wage packet increase massively from his current weekly wage of £90,000.
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The club currently sit top of the Premier League, and such an inflow of funds will only likely be put to good use in January as Chelsea seek to strengthen their hand even further.
Oscar has played for Chelsea for four and a half years and won the Premier League, League Cup and Europa League while with at Stamford Bridge. He became well renowned for his adept array of passing while also being able to defend diligently when required. The arrival of Antonio Conte however, has seen him fall out of favour. Conte’s 3-4-3 formation has not been suited to Oscar’s skillset and his appearances this season have been minimal.
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Attention will now likely turn to how Chelsea will make use of the proceeds. Reports have been proliferating in recent weeks linking Real Madrid star James Rodriguez with the London club. The Colombian is angling for a move from Madrid, where he has struggled to get regular game-time as of late. He would certainly be more suited to Chelsea’s 3-4-3 style of play, and the prospect of seeing him line out alongside the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard is a heart-warming prospect for Chelsea fans.
Should Rodriguez leave, the Premier League is his likely destination as few teams from Europe’s other elite leagues would have the financial muscle to meet the sky-high transfer fee Real Madrid are likely to demand.