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Chelsea willing to sell Oscar to Juventus for €30 million

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Juventus are lining up a move for Chelsea playmaker Oscar according to reports in Italy - and Jose Mourinho is ready to sanction the deal if they come up with a suitable offer.

The Brazilian joined Chelsea from Internacional in 2013 for a fee of around £23 million, and while he has earned plaudits for his hard work some have criticised his lack of output in front of goal. Indeed, since arriving at Stamford Bridge, Oscar has managed just 18 Premier League goals and has found his place in the first team under threat.

Juventus have been linked with a swoop for the 23-year-old for some time and according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport they will make an enquiry this summer having identified him as their top target.

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Chelsea are believed to be receptive to the idea but will demand €30 million before allowing the deal to move forward. As it stands Juventus are hoping to get the deal done for €25 million but Chelsea are under no pressure to sell so won't be lowering their price.

Mourinho has previously been critical of Oscar for his dip in form during the second half of last season, insisting that the Brazilian "wasn't good enough" during the win against Stoke back in April. 

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However the Special One has also lavished him with praise in the past, and singled him out as the next Chelsea player to follow Eden Hazard to the big time.

"He is a fabulous player," Mourinho said earlier this year. "I have a feeling Oscar next year can have the same evolution Hazard had this season."

Stay or go?

If Oscar does remain at Chelsea next season he will face renewed competition for a first-team spot having made the starting XI 26 times. Mourinho has previously spoken of his belief that January signing Juan Cuadrado will come good next season, which means the pair will fight for spots with Willian to line up alongside Hazard.

Mohamed Salah is also due to return to Chelsea but it is unlikely that he will remain in west London for long.

His future could be further complicated if Chelsea make a move to sign another forward, and the club have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid's Antoine Greizmann.

Opinion

Oscar's talent isn't in doubt - anyone who saw his goal against Juventus in the Champions League during his maiden campaign in England will know how good he is.

However it is hard to escape the feeling that he isn't maximising his talent at the moment. It may be because he is being overused and that's something Mourinho needs to look at but for the last two campaigns he has faded.

Either way, €30 million seems way too low to sell, even given his problems, simply because of his age and ability.

How much do you think Oscar is actually worth? £35 million? £40 million?

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