Chelsea Transfer News – Official Oscar Leaves Chelsea for China – www.chelseafc.com – In the latest Chelsea Fc transfer news, Brazilian star Oscar has left the club to join Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League after seeing first team opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge this season under new Manager Antonio Conte.
The 25yr old who joined Chelsea in 2012 from Brazilian club Internacional is set to bring his four and half year Stamford Bridge carrier to an end. The transfer fee was not quoted by his club but it is rumoured to be in the region of £52million, with Oscar reportedly going to be earning £400,000 a week in wages.
During his time at Chelsea FC, Oscar made a total of 203 appearances for the West London club scoring 38 times in the process. Top of those goals were those he scored against Antonio Conte’s Jventus in 2012 and the one against QPR in 2014 with both earning him the Chelsea Goal of the season award.
Chelsea confirmed the departure of the 25yr old Brazilian Oscar in an official club statement via the Chelsea FC website today. In the statement, the club listed some of the highlights of Oscar’s Stamford Bridge career and thanked the Brazilian and as well wished him well for the future.
Here is the Chelsea FC official club statement on the sale of Oscar to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG;
”Chelsea Football Club and Shanghai SIPG have agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Oscar”.
”The 25-year-old will join the Chinese Super League team at the beginning of the January transfer window. He has been a Chelsea player for four-and-a-half years, helping us lift the Premier League, League Cup and Europa League as well as scooping two Chelsea Goal of the Season awards after stunning strikes against Juventus in 2012, on his full debut, and QPR in 2014”.
”Skilful and tenacious, Oscar has been highly regarded by fans, players and staff during his time as a Blue, scoring 38 times from 203 Chelsea appearances”.
“A summer 2012 arrival from Internacional in his native Brazil, Oscar made his debut as a sub away at Wigan before announcing himself with a dipping, bending effort against Antonio Conte’s Juventus at Stamford Bridge.”
“It was in the Europa League that Oscar picked up his first medal with Chelsea, playing the full 90 minutes of our 2-1 win over Benfica in the final in Amsterdam before becoming a key player under Jose Mourinho, favoured in the number 10 role thanks to his ability to work effectively at both ends of the pitch.”
“Oscar came off the bench to help us secure our League Cup final victory over Spurs at Wembley in March 2015, with the Premier League title secured at the Bridge in early May. Last season, Oscar netted a brilliant first-half hat-trick in an FA Cup win against MK Dons.”
“Conte’s arrival in the summer led to a deeper role for Oscar at the beginning of the campaign, but the switch to a 3-4-3 formation in October saw opportunities limited, and he now heads to Shanghai to link up with former Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas.”
“We thank Oscar for his wonderful service and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”
Oscar will join Andre Villas-Boas former Chelsea FC coach and the man who brought him to West London and is currently at the helm of affair in Shanghai SIPG.
Oscar’s move to Chinese League at such an early age has raised a lot of eyebrows in the football wall. Both former players, Pundits and coaches alike has question the passion of the Brazilian. Chelsea coach Antonio Conte was not left out as he had questioned Oscar’s passion while highlighting the danger posed to football in general by the influx of money from the far East country. Speaking in last week in his press conference, Antonio Conte had this to say about Oscar’s move to China.
“The Chinese market is a danger for all teams in the world; not only for Chelsea but all teams in the world. But I think that we must be concentrated on our work. I think that this league is fantastic and to play in this league is a great opportunity, a great honour.”
“You must be very proud to play in this league. Because I think now it’s the best league in the world. For this reason, I don’t worry about this.”
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger and a host of others also had their say on the Oscar’s move to China. Oscar joins the likes of Dider Drogba and compatriot, Ramires in the list of players who have joined the Chinese League from the West London club.
Chelsea will now seek to replace the Brazilian in the January transfer window. Some notable names are already being linked as the replacement. Top of the list on the rumored Chelsea transfer news are PSG star Marco Verati and Bayern Munich Midfielder Arturo Vidal both of whom have been previously managed by Antonio Conte at national and Club levels respectively.
Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez is also been linked to the West London outfit but all in all Chelsea will have some work to do this January with another Squad player and veteran Midfielder Mikel John Obi also rumoured to be on his way out of the club after 10 successful years with China and Olympique Marseille waiting to pounce.
What do you make of Oscar’s move to China. Financially, it is smart but for his career and that of other young players looking up to him it may not be same. Has Oscar made the wise choice? Have your say below.