Newly confirmed Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, has reportedly said he will listen to sensible offers for the out of favour, Brazilian midfield maestro, Oscar (via The Times).
Conte, who is looking to rebuild his inherited ageing defence, has Abramovich’s backing, providing he gains the necessary funds through the sales of his current crop of stars, including the attacking midfielder.
Oscar, 24, has fallen out of contention since the arrival of interim manager, Guus Hiddink and would favour a move within Europe. He’s bagged himself 21 goals in 94 league appearances for the Blues but it’s his style of play that made his name at Stamford Bridge.
His attacking flair and his needle and thread like passing made him, at one period, a fans favourite. It is reported that Chelsea would be looking for a fee in the region of £30million.
It is rumoured that Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are amongst the interested clubs, where it would see him link up with former teammates David Luis at PSG or Juan Cuadrado, who is currently on loan at Juventus from Chelsea, something which the Italian giants would like to make permanent after an impressive season.
It is unlikely that Oscar will be the only player to leave Stamford Bridge in the upcoming summer transfer window. With the appointment of Conte, and Roman Abramovich’s transfer policy being “generate funds from sales”, a further change in playing personnel is expected.