Chelsea ready to sell Oscar with Liverpool interested

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Chelsea are seriously considering the sale of Oscar as Jose Mourinho looks for another high profile departure to help balance the books, reports The Mail.

The Special One is good at a lot of things but loyalty certainly is not one of them. Oscar was one of Chelsea's top performers earlier in the season but a drop off in form has left him open to criticism from the manager.

Mourinho likes a high profile player sale. It keeps the current members of the squad on their toes and also helps to keep Chelsea on the right side of financial fair play. Having sealed a £40million-a-year deal with Yokohama, you would have thought this policy, which has seen the likes of David Luiz and Juan Mata leave west London, would be laid to rest.

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But Oscar is being lined up for the chop because he has excellent resale value and seems to have lost a bit of focus. Chelsea paid almost £20m for the Brazil international but would expect to make a big profit on that original outlay.

It is now a case of where he will go. Mata was sold to a direct Premier League rival while Luiz came back to haunt them in this season's Champions League. In what is a worrying case of deja vu, Liverpool appear to be the frontrunners for his signature.

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Liverpool interested

Brendan Rodgers has had his scouts tracking the 23-year-old over the last few weeks and they have been impressed. Juventus are also interested and Mourinho would certainly prefer to sell his player to a team on different shores.

But despite being the dominant team in Serie A, Juventus will not have the funds to compete with Liverpool. The Anfield club could not only offer a bigger transfer fee and could also offer Oscar bigger wages.

It was a similar situation with Mata when Manchester United were far and away the richest club to come in for the playmaker. Eventually, Mourinho had no choice but to sell Chelsea's two-time player of the season to a direct rival.

Mourinho's guillotine

Chelsea have rock-solid finances now so it is hard to believe they are selling Oscar to balance the books. This is more about Mourinho's way of managing his team. He likes to make sure everyone knows there place in the squad is constantly being reviewed. It has obviously worked. His team are set to win the Premier League title at a canter.


Is Jose Mourinho right to be thinking about selling Oscar or does he need to show a bit more loyalty?

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