China in 'bubble' warning as spending tops $1 billion
Dec 18 2016
"He [Oscar] has had a great start to the season".
Under the management of Antonio Conte, he has fast fallen out of favour.
Oscar's preferred position does not find a place in Conte's formation of 3-4-3, which has been uber-successful since its integration.
It is a situation that encapsulates the globalisation of top-class football in the 21 century: the sale of Brazilian midfielders to China is promising to have a transformative effect on the financial performance of a West London club controlled by a Russian businessman. Such a situation might force Chelsea's hands into losing someone they once got in for 20 million pounds.
Last season Mikel established himself as an important player, and cemented his position in the starting XI when Guus Hiddink took charge. Yet there is also an added incentive, which is to play more.
That's around £20m a year - more than four times his current £90,000-a-week contract at Chelsea. On Tuesday, Oscar revealed that only bureaucratic details separated him from completing a transfer, which, according to him, is 90% done.
His form will suggest he may not be deserving of such high figures in the deal, but the Chinese clubs these days care less. AVB left Chelsea before Oscar came in, but the fact that he is Portuguese will definitely help Oscar.
Centre-back Terry, 36, would become the first Englishman to play in the Chinese Super League should he make the move. Oscar might have preferred to stay in Europe, but the chance to make a quick buck might be too hard to resist.
Oscar was linked with a move to Serie A in the summer following Conte's arrival at Stamford Bridge.