OSCAR SOLD - Chelsea agree £60m fee with Andre Villas-Boas to take him to China.
According to various reports, Chelsea have agreed a massive £60m deal with Andre Villas-Boas at Shanghai SIPG for Oscar to leave in Janu...
According to various reports, Chelsea have agreed a massive £60m deal with Andre Villas-Boas at Shanghai SIPG for Oscar to leave in January. Having signed the talented Brazilian for £25m in 2012, Chelsea reportedly could not refuse more than double the amount they paid for him.
In what seems like a stunning turn of events, looking deeper at his situation under Antonio Conte this season, it's clear that Oscar has fallen out of favour with the manager after a decision was made to change the way we now play.
Our 3-4-3 formation is based around our three centre backs, two wing backs, two holding midfielders and three attacking players who come inside from wide areas so as with Cesc Fabregas, it's difficult to fit him into the formation.
Almost a year ago, Chelsea faced the same situation with Ramires and sold the Brazilian who left Chelsea and the Premier League to play his football in the Far East. There had been reports that Oscar was also a target for the money men over there but had turned down the opportunity to move with an intention of staying within Europe and with Chelsea.
Oscar had started the first five games for Chelsea this season under Antonio Conte but became a casualty of circumstance after defeat to Liverpool. The embarrassing defeat away to Arsenal that followed had inspired the manager to change the formation and nine wins in a row that has followed, with a chance to move six points clear at the top of the Premier League tonight is the end result which is good for Chelsea but not personally for Oscar.
According to this report as featured in The Telegraph, Oscar has already told his Chelsea team mates that he is moving to China next month and is preparing for a new life there.
In my opinion it's such a shame that we are losing someone with the ability he has but you cannot turn down an offer like that for someone that has hardly featured in the last nine games.
Oscar has always been a player that never really gets ninety minutes of football does he? Whether that's starting games and being replaced or by coming on as a substitute, Oscar has had to deal with that for virtually every single manager that he has played for here at Chelsea.
The man has a natural talent and tremendous ability and is someone that will do well wherever he goes. It's just a shame that someone such as Oscar has to move to the Far East to get a game and to demonstrate his ability which I think will be wasted for a couple of years. I wouldn't be surprised if he came back to Europe in the next two seasons.
Oscar has made important contributions to our success since he arrived here four years ago and that is important to remember. So, I would like to thank Oscar for always giving his best in a Chelsea shirt and for his contribution.