Chelsea midfielder Oscar has confirmed he held talks with Paris Saint-Germain regarding a proposed transfer to the Parc des Princes, but the Brazil international has maintained that he will remain at Stamford Bridge for another season at least.
BLANC IS A FAN
Oscar has been linked with a move to PSG for a number of months, and speculation about his future intensified after Laurent Blanc revealed that he would be interested in the acquisition of the 22-year-old this summer.
It has now emerged that PSG did indeed make contact with Oscar in an attempt to gauge his willingness to join the club, but the player has allayed fears that he will be leaving Chelsea any time soon.
"I had contacts with PSG, it's true but it did not go further,” Oscar told L’Equipe.
"The next season, I will stay at Chelsea.”
While Oscar may have stated that he will be a Chelsea player beyond the transfer deadline, his comments hardly serve as an emphatic denial that he will eventually pursue a move to PSG should the opportunity arise again.
It may just be quibbling over semantics, but Oscar forwent the chance to rule out a move away from Chelsea, and his remarks suggest the door to the French capital remains open.
In terms of a proposed move this year, was it the player himself to have pulled the plug, or did PSG’s financial restrictions scupper a potential deal? PSG must ensure they spend maximum €60 million net in this transfer window under FFP sanction.
Already PSG have confirmed the signing of David Luiz from Chelsea for £50 million, and the Ligue 1 champions would have to sell a prominent star, perhaps Edinson Cavani, if they were then able to fund the pursuit of Oscar.
THE BRAZILIAN FACTOR
Oscar is an integral part of a Chelsea side under the tutelage of the esteemed Jose Mourinho, while the club will be the leading contenders to clinch the Premier League title next season. However, regardless of all this, a move to PSG would surely still be one that would appeal to Oscar.
Not only have PSG established themselves among the superpowers of European football, but they are now something of a cradle for the most prominent Brazilian stars plying their trade on the continent.
There are obvious financial incentives that come with joining PSG, but the Brazilian factor would also be a key draw for Oscar. Chelsea do have Ramires and Willian among their number, but the Seleção are far more dominant in the PSG first-team.
Should PSG sign Dani Alves this summer - a deal they have been linked with - then their first-choice defensive line will be 75 percent of that representing Brazil at the World Cup, with only Marcelo not at the Parc des Princes.
But while PSG do not have the Real Madrid full-back, they do utilise his international deputy Maxwell on the left-side of Laurent Blanc’s defence. Add to these names Lucas Moura and Marquinhos, and there are potentially six Brazil internationals in PSG’s senior set-up.
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A MOURINHO FAVOURITE
However, even if Oscar did express a desire to move to PSG, Chelsea would be unlikely indeed to sell. The playmaker has been identified as Mourinho’s No.10 of choice - with the Chelsea manager even willing to ditch Juan Mata to reinforce Oscar’s supremacy.
Mourinho has previously responded to the PSG interest in Oscar, as well as Eden Hazard, claiming it would take a monstrous £300 million for Chelsea to even consider their respective departures.