Chelsea’s midfielder Oscar’s big-money January transfer to Chinese Shanghai SIPG is almost done, the Brazilian confirmed.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder failed to impress The Blues’ new coach Antonio Conte, providing only one assist in five Premier League appearances in the start of the season. As a result, Oscar was constantly left out of the starting XI, making only 4 substitute appearances since the middle of September.
Chelsea’s former manager Andre Villas Boas, who was announced as Shanghai SIPG’s new head coach after the sacking of Sven-Goran Eriksson last month, wants to reunify with his ex-player in China.
The Telegraph reported on Tuesday that the Blues accepted the massive £60m bid from Shanghai SIPG for Oscar. The Brazilian arrived in London for just £25m in 2012 from Internacional.
Chelsea are planning to refund the money to strengten their central defense, with Juventus’s Leonardo Bonucci topping the list of their January targets.
“It’s 90 percent right. It just depends on some bureaucratic details”,- confirmed Oscar, speaking to Brazilian network Globo.
Oscar is expected to join his Brazil teammate Hulk in Shanghai SIPG. The club was only third in the Chinese Super League’s last season and looks to improve their squad in January, before the start of the new championship.