Juventus are beginning to lay the groundwork ahead of a summer move for Chelsea playmaker Oscar, and made clear their intentions earlier this week.
According to Italian outlet TuttoSport, the Turin giants had scouts watching over the Brazilian ace during his country’s recent international friendly with France - coincidentally a game in which a goal from him helped Brazil on the way to a 3-1 victory.
Needless to say those keeping tabs on him were suitably impressed, and word on the grapevine is that they could well reinforce that view with a formal offer this summer.
The Serie A champions’ interest in Oscar dates back to before he moved to Stamford Bridge, when Juve attempted to sign him themselves before baulking at the asking price on his head. However now that he has flourished into an accomplished attacker he represents far less of a gamble, and the coffers at the Juventus Stadium might well be bulging come the summer.
Paul Pogba is a man who appears to be on everyone’s wish-list at the moment, and should they consent to selling him they would have a large amount of cash to play with.
Oscar might not be as brilliant all-round as his French compatriot but he’d certainly go some way to filling the void, and one must assume that since the Brazil star has been able to crack the Premier League he’d have little trouble doing the same in Serie A.
TuttoSport’s report also seems to highlight the fact that Mourinho’s view of Oscar could be a pivotal factor in deciding whether or not he is let go come the end of the season. The Portuguese has the likes of Eden Hazard, Francesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa at his disposal and, though important, Oscar doesn’t quit sit in the same category as those players.
On top of that the Blues are said to be considering a move to buy back Kevin De Bruyne from VfL Wolfsburg, though at the moment there’s little room for him at Stamford Bridge. A clever way of proceeding would be for Mourinho to cash in on Oscar and use the funds to complete the De Bruyne deal, but such transactions are rarely as simple in real life as they look in theory.
Chelsea fans, do you think Oscar should be let go this summer? Should Mourinho do all he can to keep him? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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