Chelsea have decided to make Oscar available for transfer this summer, in order to raise funds for an overhaul of the squad.
The Brazil international, according to The Times, is regarded as the most dispensable of the club’s saleable assets.
Roman Abramovich is keen to stick by the club’s current transfer policy of selling before buying and it seems Oscar, who has failed to develop at the rate Chelsea might have hoped after signing him from Internacional back in 2012, is not in the plans of Antonio Conte.
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The Italian coach, who was confirmed as Chelsea’s next manager last week, reportedly wants to sign a new creative midfield player while retaining the services of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Willian.
The Times understand that Conte also wants to bring Juan Cuadrado back to Stamford Bridge from Juventus, where he has impressed during his season-long loan spell.
Oscar fails to perform consistently
Oscar was tipped to become one of Europe’s best playmakers following his big-money move from Internacional but has struggled to produce effective performances on a consistent basis.
It seems the Blues are ready to give up on the South American, 24, who has scored a modest three goals and provided just four assists in the Premier League this term.
One potential destination for Oscar is Juventus. The Italian outfit have a long-standing interest in the Brazilian.
Radja Nainggolan expected to join Chelsea
Moving in the opposite direction, from Serie A to Stamford Bridge, could be AS Roma’s tenacious midfielder Radja Nainggolan.
The report states that Chelsea have opened talks with Roma over the summer transfer of the Belgium international but had their opening offer of £30.5 million, plus £3 million in add-ons, rejected.
Roma want the west London outfit to cough up £40 million.
Obi Mikel could also leave
It’s possible that Nainggolan will take the place of John Obi Mikel, who will be allowed to leave Chelsea after a decade at the club.
Conte excited to begin work at Chelsea
One thing’s for sure: Chelsea’s squad will look a little different in time for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
Conte has been assigned the task of getting the Blues back to the top and will be desperate to hit the ground running at the Bridge.
“I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club,” he told his new employer’s official website last week. “I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that.
“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.
“Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.
“I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation. I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros.”
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