Juventus have highlighted Chelsea playmaker Oscar as a potential summer transfer option, according to reports in Italy.
Tuttosport claims manager Massimiliano Allegri has a list of targets in the position, and the Brazilian is one of the players who has been highlighted as a player who could tick the box.
'We need a playmaker'
"We need a playmaker, if we were able to buy it in January I would be happy," the paper quotes Allegri as saying.
Since joining Chelsea from Brazilian side Internacional in the summer of 2011, Oscar has proceeded to become one of the finest young players in world football.
His debut season saw him play under both Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez, with a stunning brace against Juventus in the Champions League enough evidence to show he could cut it on the world’s grandest stage.
That season also saw him make an impressive 64 appearances in all competitions, with the 23-year-old also starting the Europa League final against Benfica which was ultimately settled by a winner from Branoslav Ivanovic.
Last season, his first under Mourinho’s tutelage, saw him score 11 goals in 47 appearances. It ended in heartache though, as Atletico Madrid dumped them from the Champions League in the semi-finals and Manchester City narrowly pipped them to the Premier League title.
This term he has starred alongside Eden Hazard and Willian, and churning out more masterful performances could make him the ideal replacement if he's allowed to leave Stamford Bridge.
Paul Pogba’s future has grown increasingly uncertain over the past few months, and recent words of his agent has done nothing but fuel more transfer speculation. Allegri could help numb the pain by bringing the Brazilian ace to Turin.
With Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo also amongst their ranks they are hardly shy of midfield options, but with Pogba’s influence growing by the game the club are already beginning to plan for life after the Frenchman if he leaves.
With Carlos Tevez’s future at the club also uncertain, given his eagerness to return to his native Argentina with Boca Juniors, Allegri is also keen to bring Manchester United target Paulo Dymbala to the club with Palermo more inclined to sell him to a domestic rival rather than Louis Van Gaal’s crisis side.