Juventus will step up their interest in Chelsea playmaker Oscar after boss Max Allegri admitted he was keen on landing the Brazilian.
Oscar, who joined the Blues in a £23 million deal from Internacional back in 2012, and has made 95 Premier League appearances for the club.
Although the 23-year-old remains a fan favourite there are some concerns over his late-season form. The Brazilian came in for criticism after his productivity fell off a cliff in the second half of the season; he failed to score a goal in the Premier League after finding the back of the net against Swansea back in January.
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It had previously been claimed that Juventus were willing to offer €30 million for the Brazilian international however Chelsea are reluctant to sell. The Premier League champions may have been open to the idea of a swap deal for star midfielder Paul Pogba, but that won't happen either.
Despite the stand off, Allegri has admitted he still wants to get a deal done, and is also keen on Real Madrid playmaker Isco.
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"I would like a footballing inventor - they are never boring," he said. ”A wildcard in the line-up can bring a different balance to the table.
“Ego in moderate amounts is not harmful to a team’s health. I like Real Madrid’s Isco and Brazil’s Oscar. The addition of a No.10 to the mix is both a tactical desire and a desire to add ego to my team.”
Despite his failings Oscar remains in manager Jose Mourinho's plans for the upcoming season. The Special One opted to put his faith in the Brazilian over Juan Mata who was sold to Manchester United last year, and he believes Oscar has the potential to be one of the best.
"I have a feeling that Oscar, next year, can have the same evolution that Hazard had this season," the Chelsea manager said earlier this year.
Oscar's struggles for form has been put down to his hectic schedule over the past few years, stretching back to the Confederations Cup before last year's World Cup in Brazil. Mourinho continued: "He has never had a pre-season in his life because of tournaments but now he will have a pre-season because he is injured for the Copa America."
Mourinho remains a big fan of Oscar and not just because of his play-making ability. He works harder than perhaps any number 10 in the game - and he will likely be starting behind Diego Costa come August next year.