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Chelsea round-up: Oscar wanted by Juventus

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Juventus are keen to secure the services of a new attacking midfielder this summer and have identified Chelsea playmaker Oscar as a potential signing.

This is according to Tuttosport, who claim Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is determined to sign a new No. 10 and has added the Brazil international to his summer wish-list.

Allegri is not convinced that Arturo Vidal, Roberto Pereyra or Paul Pogba are capable of playing in the playmaker role, and is looking for an attacking midfielder whose natural position is at No. 10, just behind either one or two central strikers.

While the chance to play for Juventus would tempt most players in world football, Oscar appears perfectly happy at Chelsea.

Furthermore, Jose Mourinho will be determined to keep the South American who, at the age of 23, clearly has the best years of his career ahead of him.

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A more likely playmaker signing for Juventus would be Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose former coach at Shakhtar Donetsk Mircea Lucescu believes could join the Old Lady this summer.

"I wouldn't be surprised to see him at Juve," Lucescu was quoted as saying by Tuttosport last month, according to ESPN. "He's a guy who needs to be loved and Dortmund put him under too much pressure. I think his 'cycle' at Borussia is over."

Samir Nasri launches attack on Mourinho's Chelsea

Meanwhile, Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has launched a sensational attack on Jose Mourinho's current Chelsea side, claiming the Premier League leaders are "not special at all".

The France international insists he is a big fan of Mourinho, but does not rate his side - believing they rely too much on raw power and striker Diego Costa.

Nasri also predicted that Chelsea, who currently sit seven points clear of Man City at the top of the Premier League table, will make some mistakes between now and the end of the season.

“I’m a big fan of Mourinho, but I am not impressed with his team, not at all," Nasri was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph. "When I have seen some of their games, I don’t think they are that fantastic – they are just strong, and have a good striker up front.

“For me they are not special at all, and I think they are going to make some mistakes. We have played them twice, one time with 10 men, and we were better than them. Then we played them at Stamford Bridge, and we were better than them."

David Luiz makes Chelsea admission

And finally, David Luiz believes Chelsea have improved since he left Stamford Bridge for French champions Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

The Brazil international, who spent three years with the Blues, feels Chelsea have become a more formidable team thanks to the arrival of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.

"Chelsea are better this season," Luiz told RMC, as relayed by ESPN.

"Above all, they are better balanced following the arrival of Fabregas. He's perhaps the player they were missing: he balances the midfield, makes the team play well and knows how to hold on to the ball from time-to-time.

"With the arrival of Diego Costa - a warrior forward who always wants to score and challenge defenders - and the continuity provided by Mourinho in the dugout, it's logical Chelsea are stronger this season."

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